-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Memorial Day

May 03, 2016

Americans celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May so in 2016 it falls on May 30th. 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.

Memorial DayMemorial Day

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.

 

96 Comments

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! ...
F1148923052484

What Will You Be Remembered For?

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

Random In The Forums

morrigann
morrigann posted in Say Anything:
 [s:p/1mkr]
reply 24 minutes
unicornsrule626
unicornsrule626 posted in Food:
"drowning" wrote:Cooking is fun when done with loved ones, but eating is the best part. :^)
reply 34 minutes
the_moon
the_moon posted in General:
@MartinShkreli
reply about 2 hours
Terrence
Terrence posted in General:
I wonder who created this website is epic, good , funny and awesome
reply about 3 hours
Imchill112
Imchill112 posted in General:
Beard... Idk why
reply about 8 hours