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When is Memorial Day 2016? Get dates and Memorial Day history from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Memorial Day 2016
This Federal holiday is celebrated the last Monday of each May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.

Year Memorial Day
2014 Monday, May 26
2015 Monday, May 25
2016 Monday, May 30
2017 Monday, May 29

Memorial Day History

The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America's need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers' graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all America wars.

No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, which includes more than a thousand photographs.

Know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Click for our page on Veteran's Day.

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I believe memorial day is an

By Sam T

I believe memorial day is an important occasion and that's why I have created a blog on it just to create more awareness.

I always assumed Memorial Day

By wayne wasson

I always assumed Memorial Day was at the end of May. Now I read that Congress set the date as the last Monday in May. Oh well, Congress does what it wants- always has, always will. Next thing you know, they'll change 4th of July.

Hi what good would it be if

By Johnny Duby

Hi what good would it be if you just pick any day at the end of the Month most would agree the Last Monday would be the best Time this way Every Friday Saturday Sunday you can enjoy the Weekend together and the Celebrate it on that Monday and as you said you always assumed it was at the end of the Month as an American if you are one you should always know the Day that is for the lost hero's and if you have served as i Salute those lost , Still fighting i will include you . Johnny

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING THIS

By DARWIN B PHILLIPS

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND HAPPEN TO BE ON THE EXPRESSWAY OR FREEWAY WHEN YOU TAKE THE OFF RAMP AND SEE A PERSON STANDING THERE WITH A SIGN SAYING WILL WORK FOR FOOD, OR JUST SOMETHING LIKE PLEASE HELP, PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS, THAT PERSON IS PROBABLY A HOMELESS VETERAN, HOW MUCH WOULD IT HURT YOU TO PUT ONE DOLLAR INTO HIS OR HER CAN ??? EVEN IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON IS GOING TO BUY LIQUOR OR DRUGS WHAT ABOUT THE ONES THAT WON'T ? THE ONES THAT ARE TRYING TO GET FOOD FOR BABIES SOMEWHERE IN CARDBOARD BOX, OR A SHELTER ?, YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING FOR A VETERAN THIS WEEKEND ? GO SPEND A FEW MINUTES OF THIS WEEKEND AT A VA HOSPITAL, YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW THE VETERAN THE TRUTH IS THEY ARE ALL ONE, AND ANY SHOW OF CONCERN IS AS EFFECTIVE AS THE BEST PAIN MEDICATION, THAT IS SAYING THANKS !!!

When we lived in Dallas,

By Paula H.

When we lived in Dallas, there were a lot of homeless men in the downtown area. My goal was that once a month I would go to the Burger King buy a hamburger, fries, box of milk and a dessert. I usually saw a homeless person before I walked in, and that person was the recipient. I would also tell them about the soup kitchen run by the First Methodist Church or the Presbyterian Church. These folks were usually transient. My rule - just do it, and don't let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. And remember if you do it to the least of our brothers and sisters your have done it unto God. God Bless America, and May God watch over our Veterans and pour out his grace upon all who need a kind and loving hand to help them through the day. We can do it America! Make a difference!

Panhandlers should NEVER be

By Hepzibuh

Panhandlers should NEVER be given money. There are countless agencies that care for homeless vets. Most of these panhandlers are con men who may make more than you and me. Others are drug addicts and alcoholics who use the money for drugs and alcohol. Panhandlers on roadways cause accidents and shouldn't be encouraged.

While I agree that giving

By Rene' Maloon

While I agree that giving them money is not the answer, just stopping to talk to them, finding out why they are on the street panhandling or giving them food or directions to the nearest shelter would be a good thing. Here where I live we have an amazing shelter (one of the best in the nation-per the homeless/addicts we serve). We have given out cards with a little map and services provided. Sometimes they accept it, sometimes they throw it back in our faces, but at least we tried to give a helping hand.

Whenever I see someone with a

By DonnaA

Whenever I see someone with a sign asking for food or work, I always think of that song, What if she's an angel, if I have a little something I always stop and give, what they do with it is up to that person but I feel better knowing that I did my part in helping

it is not up to us what they

By bethany annoyed by you

it is not up to us what they do with the money. what ever happened to help fellow man? i'll bet you give money to charity so they can take most of it and only give out a little to people in need.

I've always been told that

By Dave Pruett

I've always been told that the nation wide decoration day was initiated by General John A Logan. But then, I grew up about 20 miles from his home town, so local folks wanted to claim him.

On Memorial Day, we remember

By PKVolTN

On Memorial Day, we remember those who've served who are no longer with us, specifically, those who Gave All. We want to be sure to remember the others, because All Gave Some. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWhRObVxrM&feature=kp

Thank all who have served all

By John Bigando

Thank all who have served all families who have served from John Bigando

John Bigando says god bless

By John Bigando

John Bigando says god bless all who have served and all the families of those who have served. Thank you

Thanks so much. Great

By Shannon Szukala

Thanks so much. Great information.

Thanks for highlighting all

By Jon Goluchey

Thanks for highlighting all the American holidays - always so hard to keep track of..

I Thank everyone who has ever

By Carol Derick

I Thank everyone who has ever served and still serving now, for your bravery and love for our country. God Bless you all.

Bless all of the women and

By Jennifer Glade-Weis

Bless all of the women and men that stood up for our freedoms!!


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