Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

We celebrate Memorial Day in the United States every year on the last Monday in the month of May.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces and it also marks the start of the summer vacation season.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day Facts

When is Memorial Day?

  • Memorial Day in 2013 is on Monday, May 27

What was Memorial Day originally called?

  • Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed by whom?

  • Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.