Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
holiday began as a way to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War,
but the day now honors all U.S. veterans who have sacrificed their
a specific way to display the American
Memorial Day, according to the U.S.
hoist the flag quickly up to full staff at sunrise, then lower to
half-staff until noon, and then return to the top of the staff.
veterans, as well as friends and family of veterans, make
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day
1971, Memorial Day was
a federal holiday taking place on the last Monday in May.
have become a symbol
Memorial Day because they are mentioned in a 1915 poem by Canadian
soldier John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.”
Day with an official moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
the 3 p.m. moment of remembrance on Memorial Day, Amtrak conductors
one long whistle
honor of those who have died in service.
American presidents give a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National
Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
York was the first
recognize Memorial Day as an official holiday.
Southern states celebrate a Confederate Memorial Day, or Confederate
Heroes Day, in late April, remembering the Confederate soldiers who
died during the Civil War.
first Indianapolis 500 race took place on Memorial Day in 1911.
Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by then-Chief Justice William Taft on
Memorial Day in 1922.