When is Memorial Day 2014?

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When is Memorial Day? Here is a chart of the dates for 2014 and 2015—plus, Memorial Day history.

Memorial Day Dates

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
2012 Monday, May 28
2013 Monday, May 27
2014 Monday, May 26
2015 Monday, May 25

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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Comments

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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