After the Civil War many States set aside a day in May to celebrate a memorial for the soldiers who died in War. Originally observed as Decoration Day by slaves who decorated graves to honor fallen soldiers, the alternative name of Memorial Day was started in 1882. The term Memorial Day did not become common until after WWII, and wasn’t declared an official holiday until 1967 when federal law passed it through Congress, as a day of observance. Memorial day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It commemorates US men and women who died while serving our country.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy