Monday, 25 May 2020

Memorial Day US

For those of us not from the US, I thought I'd look into the origins of Memorial Day. It is always on the last Monday of May and is a public holiday.

It used to be known as Decoration Day – which I must say is a bit ambiguous.  It originated to honour Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.  Believe it or not there is also a Confederate Memorial Day.

The day is meant to mark the sacrifice of those who have died in US military service

The Memorial Day weekend is also taken to be the start of the summer season.

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