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When is Memorial Day


Memorial day is a federal holiday in the USA. It always fall on the last Monday of May

When is?

In 2018 it is the 28th of May


On the last Monday of every May, the United States celebrates Memorial Day or Memorial Day, with the purpose of remembering American men and women who have died in combat. This day, has become a family event, where people perform various activities such as shopping-taking advantage of excellent deals, barbecue or barbecue, spend a day at the beach, visit cemeteries and memorials, participate in parades or events of national interest such as the Indianapolis 500-mile race, which are contested on this date annually since 1911.

Although the beginning of the celebration is confusing, investigations suggest that the holiday dates back to the Civil War of the United States (1861-1865), when citizens began to place flowers on the graves of their dead in the war. At the end of the century, almost all the states had declared the "Memorial Day" official holiday.


Congress established the National Holiday of Remembrance Day in 1967, by decision of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In 1971, the Congress of the United States approved the national act of holidays. It was the moment when it was decided that Memorial Day would be commemorated on the last Monday of May. It is common for the president of the United States to give a speech on this date in which the work of the soldiers fallen in combat is remembered. On that day, flowers are placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in the Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia).

In the year 2000, a resolution called "The Day of Remembrance" was agreed, which asks all Americans to stop their activities in honor of the fallen at 3:00 PM, local time of each state, to raise a prayer for America and for the heroes of the fatherland.

This day is propitious to commemorate and reflect on these men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in combat, agreeing or not with wars. Also in the United States, the entrance of summer becomes official after this day of remembrance.



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