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Memorial Day: special date for Americans


An important custom and official vacation in The United States;

Memorial Day is celebrated each year in memory of American soldiers, both male and female, who died in combat.

Also known as "Memorial Day", the date of commemoration changes every year as it takes place on the last Monday of May.

Memorial Day: special date for Americans

Memorial Day: Since 1886

The Memorial Day would have been born during the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865.

It was officially established on May 5, 1866 by Brigadier General John Murray of the Union Army.

The history is a bit complicated since it is confused with Decoration Day, launched in 1868 and set on May 30.

But it was in 1882 that the "Day of Remembrance" began to be mentioned.

The date of this day was then set for May 20, but under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, it was changed.

As explained by military historian Peter Caddick-Adams. The last Monday of May was chosen, which creates a long weekend of three days.

Memorial Day: special day to honor soldiers

Memorial Day originated during the Civil War of 1861-1865, which claimed over 550,000 lives.

It was officially established on May 5, 1866 by Union Army Brigadier General John Murray at Waterloo.

This was after he noticed that the families of the soldiers continued to bring flowers to their graves, even after the war.

In recognition of this act, he named it "Decoration Day".

"Decoration Day" was officially declared to be a day set aside for decorating the graves of all those who died defending their country.

It was during the final moments of rebellion and whose bodies now lie in cemeteries of every church, and village in the nation. "

Memorial Day: the celebration in the U.S.

Since this day is dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers.

The celebration of Memorial Day is marked by the lowering of the American flag to half-mast as a sign of national mourning.

Just as the President of the United States visits Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia each year, many Americans visit cemeteries.

Also, they visit and military memorials to lay flowers and flags.

In Waterloo, the village where it all began, there are many evocative events: fairs, festivals, rides, contests, and competitions are organized every year.

The Memorial Day in the United States

If you find yourself in the United States during the Memorial Day festivities, don't worry, there is no shortage of entertainment.

Since Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer in the U.S.

Americans take advantage of this day to have a picnic, relax at the beach, have fun at amusement parks and visit loved ones.

That's why the number of people traveling often reaches 40 million over the long weekend.

The weekend is also the time of the Indy 500, a car race that attracts more than 320 million spectators, tourists, and residents each year.

For example, you can go to Governors Island in New York City, where concerts are usually held to mark the beginning of the summer season.

Otherwise, you can enjoy the sunshine and sunbathing on the huge American beaches.


Also note that the New York Aquarium, Coney Island and Luna Park open on the same date.

If you're looking for places to have fun with your family, these are the places to be!

From Decoration Day to Memorial Day

After 30 years, Decoration Day was celebrated in every state in America on May 30.

It was so successful that it was decided that it would be used not only to honor the victims of the Civil War.

But also those of World War I and World War II.

On June 28, 1968, Congress made it an official holiday and named it "Memorial Day.

The law was passed on January 1, 1974 and the celebration of Memorial Day was set for the last Monday of May.

 This was done in order to give the families of the deceased a three-day weekend.

Tips for Memorial Day

Would you rather take a walk and enjoy the weather? In that case, go to the Brooklyn Bridge.

During this weekend, this famous bridge celebrates its anniversary. Another New York tradition not to be missed is Fleet Week.

During this week, the annual visit of the US Military Sea Services takes place. The perfect time to salute a sailor!

But it's not just Navy Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines you can meet during this week; there are also air shows and many other events.

Want to learn more? Visit the Intrepid Museum Sea, Air and Space Museum!


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