Memorial Day is more than just a 3 day weekend or the official start of summer. Memorial Day was first observed in May 1868. Then known as Decoration Day, it was marked as a day to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
The modern Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving. It shouldn’t be confused with Veterans Day, which is a day to celebrate the service of all U.S. Military Veterans, living or dead.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Memorial Day Organization says there are many ways to properly observe Memorial Day: