Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States to remember the people who died while serving in the armed forces of the country. The holiday, which is currently held every year on the last Monday in May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30, 1868 to 1970. It marks the beginning of the season unofficial summer vacation, while Labor Day marks its end. The holiday, from most recent to earliest, is slightly more likely to fall on May 30, May 28 or May 25 (58 in 400 years each) than May 27 or 26 (57), and it is less likely to occur on May 31 or May 29 (56).
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, especially to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day: Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans from USA
The practice of decorating tombs of soldiers with flowers is an ancient custom. The graves of the soldiers were decorated in the USA. UU Before and during the American Civil War.
Some believe that an annual decorating practice of the cemetery began before the American Civil War and may therefore reflect the real origin of the idea of ”commemorative day”. The Annual Decoration Days for cemeteries in particular are still held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the southern United States, especially in mountainous areas. In cases involving a family cemetery where the remote ancestors and the most recently deceased are buried, this may take the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather, put flowers in tombs and renew contacts with relatives and other people. There is often a religious service and a “dinner in the gardens,” the traditional term for a shared meal in a church.