Why We Celebrate Memorial Day
Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

We celebrate Memorial Day to honor and remember those who have died while serving in the United States military. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day, and it was first observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day to the last Monday of May.

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to come together and pay tribute to those who have given their lives for our country. It is a time to reflect on the cost of freedom, and to renew our commitment to protecting our nation.

There are many ways to observe Memorial Day. Some people visit cemeteries and memorials to pay their respects to the fallen. Others participate in parades or other public events. Still others simply take some time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.

No matter how you choose to observe Memorial Day, it is important to remember the sacrifices that have been made for our country. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served and died in our nation's defense.

Here are some ways to honor the fallen on Memorial Day:

  • Visit a cemetery or memorial and place flowers or a flag on a grave.
  • Attend a Memorial Day ceremony.
  • Read the names of the fallen on a website like the National World War II Memorial's "Wall of Names."
  • Write a letter to the family of a fallen soldier.
  • Donate to a charity that supports veterans or their families.
  • Volunteer your time to help veterans or their families.

Even the smallest act of remembrance can make a difference. By honoring the fallen, we show our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

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