When Is Memorial Day 2019, Why And How Do Americans Celebrate It?: This year, 27th May is marking the observance of Memorial Day which is held every year in order to honor the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. Every single year on the final Monday in the month of May, the United States celebrates the federal holiday called “Memorial Day”. Well, nowadays, people don’t know exactly about the day and its true meaning as well as also about its history. So, with the help of this article, we would like to tell as much as we can about this honorable day.
When Is 2019 Memorial Day?
Memorial Day 2019 in the United States will be observed on Monday, 27 May.
Why We Celebrate Memorial Day?
The main purpose to observe Memorial Day is to remember and honor people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
On the other hand, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while on the other hand, Labor Day marks its end on the first Monday of September.
What is the proper way to observe Memorial Day?
Here are some of the proper ways by which the day is observed along with attending your yearly family or friend gatherings:
- Visit cemeteries and decorate the graves or just place flowers and flags on the graves of fallen heroes.
- Visit the memorials devoted to veterans.
- Fly the flag at half-staff up till noon.
- Silence and Pause at 3 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance
- Visit the disabled as well as wounded veterans and thank them for their service.
Where did Memorial Day Begin?
People in 1800s wanted to honour their fallen soldiers after the conclusion of the American Civil War. There were a lot of men who died for the period of the Civil War, the fierce and ruthless war in the middle of the North and South. After the battle was finished, people were looking out for various ways in order to honour the men who had died fighting.
In the year 1864, a group of women in Pennsylvania started visiting the graves of the deceased soldiers and placed flowers on them in memory of their service. In the year 1866, after the word spread about visiting and decorating the graves, women in Mississippi initiated doing the same thing. This is how the day turns out to be known first as “Decoration Day.”
When did it become a Federal Holiday?
Memorial Day, in the beginning, was known as Decoration Day, which was meant to honour the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died in the period of the American Civil War.
The day was then turned out to be a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military by the 1900s. A few years later, the day was legally named Memorial Day and it then turns into a federal holiday in the year 1971.
Where was the first large Observance of Memorial Day?
In the year 1868, the first national celebration of Memorial Day took place at Arlington National Cemetery. In order to honour the fallen heroes, American flags were placed on the graves of the soldiers. It is stated that almost 5,000 people were present in the first observance of Memorial Day.
In the present time, the holiday is basically observed on the last Monday of May every year and in the previous year, the day was held on May 28, 2018. This year it is going to be celebrated on 27th May 2019.