With Memorial Day coming up Monday, May 30, 2016, some may wonder who we have to thank for this extended weekend. For Memorial Day wasn’t created as an excuse for cookouts on a Monday, it is a day formed to honor those who fought for the freedom of the USA in the U.S. Military and unfortunately passed away in the fight for our safety.
According to History.com, Memorial Day originated from what was once called Decoration Day, which began in the years after the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.
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The Civil War took more lives than any conflict in the history of the United States. Decoration Day originally formed to honor those specifically who passed from fighting in The Civil War. However, following World War I, the U.S. began to lose a large number of Americans fighting. It was around this time that the U.S. decided to further expand this holiday to time that honored all American military personnels who passed away fighting for the U.S.
Although Memorial Day is a nice extended weekend to spend with friends and family, it is also an important time to recognize all that has happened in U.S. history and to commemorate those who lost their lives in a fight to maintain the freedom of U.S. citizens.