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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day
Memorial Day
The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.
TypeNational
DateLast Monday in May
2011 dateMay 30
2012 dateMay 28
2013 dateMay 27
ObservancesRemembrance of American war dead
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.[1] Formerly known asDecoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season