is a federal holiday in the United States
for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces
The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,
originated as Decoration Day
after the American Civil War
in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic
, an organization of Union
veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois
, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.
By the 20th century, competing Union
holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,
while Labor Day
marks its end.
Our office will reopen at 8:30 on Tuesday, May 30th.