Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was a day to commemorate those who fought and died in the Civil War. As World War I advanced, Decoration Day evolved into Memorial Day. This day was designated as a time to honor and remember all those who had fought and died in service to our country. In 1971 Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
Key to remember: Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who died in service. Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans who have served our country.
For more information visit:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs