Memorial Day, United States of America

Note: In the United States, 30 May (or, recently, a Monday near 30 May) has been observed since not long after the War of 1861-1865 as Memorial Day (or Decoration Day), a day for remembering our dead, particularly our war dead, placing flowers on their graves, and listening to suitable band music and oratory. (In some Southern States, other days, such as 26 April, 10 May, or 3 June, have been customarily observed instead.) While this is primarily a legal rather than a religious holiday, some churches acknowledge the day with suitable prayers.

written by James Kiefer