Kw-logo-smaller

Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

Americans celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May so in 2015 it falls on May 25th. It's not just about a day off school and the beginning of summer. This holiday goes all the way back to the Civil War and is observed by millions of people - especially America's veterans. Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who died while serving their country.

A Little History

The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30th, 1866 in Columbus, Georgia by womens groups who decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers. In 1868, General John Logan (a member of the Senate at the time), officially made Memorial Day a holiday to honor soldiers who had died in the Civil War. After World War I, the holiday didn't just honor those who died fighting in the Civil War but honored all Americans who died fighting in any war. Although the majority of the country celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, some southern states celebrate it on different days.

How to Celebrate

Since the late '50s, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry put small American flags on every grave (there's 260,000 of them) at Arlington National Cemetery on the Thursday before Memorial Day. They then patrol the graveyard 24 hours a day during the weekend to make sure that every flag remains standing. On the Saturday before Memorial Day, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each grave (about 15,300 of 'em) at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights. They've been doing this since 1998.

Honoring the many brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrificeHonoring the many brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice

What You Can Do

  • Visit a graveyard and put a flag or flowers at a soldier's gravestone.
  • Visit a memorial.
  • Fly the US flag at half-staff until noon.
  • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance. At 3pm have a moment of silence and think about the true meaning of Memorial Day.
  • Don't forget to play Taps, the tune played on a trumpet during Memorial services. When Taps is played with the drumbeat, Muffled Ruffles, it is the highest honor to give those who have died in war.

Have Your Say

How do you celebrate Memorial Day? Let us know in the comments below.

 

84 Comments

latest videos

F1148923052484

What Will You Be Remembered For?

  • My mischievous sense of humor.
  • My great hair.
  • Accidently farting in class.
  • All of my charity work.

related stories

Micro_bbqchilicheesedogs-micro
If you’re planning to spend some time with family or friends over this Memorial Day long weekend ...
Micro_may-holidays-micro
Looking for May Holidays? Here's a brief history of May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Victori...
Memorial Day isn't just a chance for barbecues and a day off school. It's also the weekend of two...
Micro_victoria-day-micro
Victoria Day is a Canadian national holiday where schools close and people get the day off work! ...

Random in the forums

blackveilbrides15
I like singing in my hair brush 
reply 2 minutes
haych-dot-hussain
Well i hav only 1 random fact bout me which is kinda weired 2 say this nd kinda funny but i wuld say i love doin pranks on pple cuz its amazing nd funny crazzyyy totally 8) :D :D :p its jus too gud like i done a prank on some1 in skl....like i told them 2 go check their grdemrk on the skl board cuz it had all the nmes on their...nd the funny thing is his nme wsnt on their nd me nd my frndz crcked up it was hilarious he cme running aftr us like wat a dopey :D  :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p
reply 27 minutes
wowzersbowzers
You upload a photo, once it's approved go to it, click " embed code " copy and paste the code to the signature and it should work.
reply 32 minutes
puppybuddy123
IMMA MIDGET!
reply 34 minutes
haych-dot-hussain
Uknw wat ur absolutely right....true love is when a person accepts u 4 who u r wivout mkin comments nd judgements on ur looks nd imperfections....but fake love contains pain nd illness where u hav 2 endure a terrible heartbreak....but true love gives u all the happiness in the world nd thts wat i believe hahahahah  [s:p/zon] [s:p/zqh] :D :p
reply about 1 hour

play online games