Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all – Monday 29th May 2023.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honouring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and commemorates those who died serving the United States. Though the holiday’s origins are not exact, it did start after the Civil War.

In 1868, Gen. John Logan sent out an official order that designated May 30 as a day of remembrance for those who died serving in the Civil War. On the first Decoration Day, 20,000 graves at Arlington Cemetery were decorated, and future President James Garfield gave a speech.

By 1890, all Northern states recognized Decoration Day as a holiday. But Southern states chose to honour those who died in the Civil War on separate days. These differences continued until after World War I, when the holiday changed to honour Americans who died fighting in any war, not just the Civil War.

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act changed the date of Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

More here: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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