Why Memorial Day is commemorated today in the United States | MIX

Why Memorial Day is commemorated today in the United States | MIX
Why Memorial Day is commemorated today in the United States | MIX

He Memorial Day It is an important day in USA. Several stadiums claim to have instituted this date, which originally paid tribute to military personnel who died in the Civil War. But why is this special day celebrated today, May 27, in the North American country? Check in this article the day that falls in 2024 and how the date is commemorated.

It is worth mentioning that it was also called Decoration Day and only honored those who died in the Civil War (1861-1865). After the First World War this changed and, since then, that day is remembered for all those who have died serving their country in combat. In 1971, Congress declared the last Monday in May a federal holiday.

When is Memorial Day celebrated?

This 2024, Memorial Day commemorates the Monday, May 27. It is one of 12 federal holidays observed in the country. It is usually observed on the last Monday in May. Congress first established it as a holiday in 1971.

How is Memorial Day celebrated?

One of the most important traditions occurs at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, where the president of the United States or the vice president of the United States gives a speech to honor the memory of those who died in combat. The flag is also placed at half-mast, from dawn to noon.

In 2000, Congress passed the National Remembrance Act to encourage Americans to observe a moment of silence at 3:00 pm on that day in memory of those who died in service to the nation.

On the other hand, on federal holidays, government offices, banks and some private businesses are closed.

Interesting Memorial Day Facts

  • Who proclaimed the celebration? Major General John A. Logan was serving as commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, when he reserved on May 30, 1868. “for the purpose of scattering flowers or decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion”.
  • An additional day of recognition. While the entire United States celebrates ‘Memorial Day weekend’ in May, some states add a separate additional day to honor the Confederate War dead: January 19 in Texas; April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.
  • More than 1 million soldiers have given their lives for freedomAccording to census, From 1860 to 2010 more than 1 million soldiers have lost their lives in combat.
  • The conflicts in which veterans have died. Civil War (1861 – 1865), Spanish-American War (1898), World War I (1917-1918), World War II (1941-1946), Korean War (1950-1955), Vietnam War (1964 – 1975), the Gulf War (1990 – 2001), The participation of troops in conflicts in the Middle East is also counted, after the terrorist attacks of September 9, 2001.
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