What Is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday which honors those members of our armed forces who died while serving. It had been traditionally observed on May 30th, but is now recognized on the last Monday in the month of May.
Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. –Tessa Berenson (Time.com)
Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day, which is a public holiday held on the anniversary of World War 1. The term Veterans Day replaced the term Armistice Day in 1954. This is a day that commemorates the end of WW1, and it’s a day that we nationally recognize and thank veterans for their service to this country.
In the United States, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument located at Arlington National Cemetery. It is a dedication to the services of an unknown soldier and to the common memory of all soldiers killed at war. Other countries like Portugal and Italy also have Tombs of the Unknown Soldier.
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God – Inscription on the back of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier