When: The last Monday in May.
Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day go back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War.
Memorial Day was traditionally held on the 30th of May. In 1971, Congress changed it to the last Monday in order to afford a three day holiday weekend. Regardless of the date, we encourage you to attend a parade, and to visit a cemetery to honor and remember our servicemen . Take time to remember lost loved ones in whatever way you feel appropriate.
Did you Know? Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. It was changed to Memorial Day in 1882.
Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the gardening and summer seasons, even though summer will not occur for a few weeks later. It is usually marked by holding the first family picnic of the year.
Eulogy for a Veteran
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Honoring Servicemen and Women:
In Memory of Our Honored Dead
Arlington National Cemetery
The History of Memorial Day
Every Day Memorial Day
This Day in History May 27
War of 1812: In Canada, American forces capture Fort George. (1813)
American Civil War: First Assault on the Confederate works at the Siege of Port Hudson. (1863)
Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California. (1907)
The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A. (1927)
The 1,046 feet (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public. (1930)
New Deal: The U.S. Federal Securities Act is signed into law requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission. (1933)
The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" (1933)
New Deal: The Supreme Court of the United States declares the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, (295 U.S. 495). (1935)
In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California. (1937)
World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 99 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops. Two survive. (1940)
World War II: The U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims an "unlimited national emergency". (1941)
World War II: The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing almost 2,100 men. (1941)
The F-4 Phantom II makes its first flight. (1958)
Vietnam War: American warships begin the first bombardment of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam. (1965)
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline. (1967)
Major League Baseball's National League awards Montreal the first franchise in Canada and the first franchise outside the United States. (the Montreal Expos) (1968)
Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, is released in Japan. (1986)
In Culpeper, Virginia, the actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition. (1995)
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office. (1997)
Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot. (1998)