Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day, Monday May 29, 2017

From Time and, "Memorial Day in the United States."

"Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. 

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Honoring men and women
who died in military service.
What do people do? ....  Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. ...

Background.  Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date."

Note photographs. Flags by Alex Brandon/Associated Pres from SF Gate/Chronicle staff report, 5/26/17, "Reduced public transit in Bay Area on Memorial Day." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

CWR said...

Actually Memorial Day is the last Tuesday of May yet its observed the last Monday of May. It means you can have the actual Memorial Day ON Tuesday May 25th then observed on May 31st.