Calendar Days: Memorial Day History
Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday that was originally known as Decoration Day and commemorated the fallen soldiers from the Civil War. Now, the day remembers the Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the nation in all wars. It falls on the last Monday in May every year and is observed with several traditions, such as visiting cemeteries and attending parades. It is now also associated with the start of summer, which people celebrate by having barbecues. In this video, WatchMojo.com learns more about the history and origins of Memorial Day.