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When is Memorial Day 2015? Get dates and Memorial Day history from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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
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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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.

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 !!!

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.

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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