Memorial Day is a national holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day first began in 1868 on May 30. It began after the Civil War ended and flowers were put on the graves of both sides in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
Today, Memorial Day honors all the men and women of the United States who died while serving in the military service. We use this day to remember and pray for the ones we lost as casualties of any war or defending of our country. Celebrations and memorials are held across the country on Memorial Day.
The National Memorial Day Concert is held on the lawn of the United States Capital every year. People come to pay their respects to those who gave their lives for our country. There are many parades across the United States in remembrance of the brave men and women who lost their lives while defending this country.
Cemeteries are often visited on Memorial Day in remembrance and many memorials are held throughout the United States. American Flags are put on each grave site at National Cemeteries. Relatives of the lost put flowers on graves to honor those who were killed.
A moment of silence is observed across the nation on Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time in remembrance of those who gave their lives, and the American Flag is usually flown at half-staff to honor casualties of war. Fireworks are often sent into the sky for Memorial Day celebrations.
To most Americans, Memorial Day signals the unofficial beginning of summer. Most state parks and beaches open to the public for swimming on Memorial Day. Many families plan picnics, get-togethers, and barbecues to kick off the start of summer as well as remembering all the men and women who defended us.
Many other events are traditionally held on Memorial Day, such as the Indianapolis 500. Many people have made this spectator sport their Memorial Day celebration year after year. Other families plan trips and vacations on this particular holiday. There are many ways to celebrate Memorial Day, be it with a moment of silence, a picnic, a concert, parade or even a visit to the cemetery. For most American families, it is a time to pay our respects to all the men and women who have lost their lives for our country, but also to pay respect for the men and women defending our country still today. They are all heroes and should be honored on Memorial Day.