Memorial Day - United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. Memorial Day commemorates men and women who died while in the United States military service. This holiday was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War. Memorial Day observance was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season. It's more than picnics, shopping, fireworks and even parades. It's about the brave men and women of the United States who gave their lives so that we all can remain free and do those fun things like picnic with family, go shopping, enjoy those magnificent fireworks and watch that local parade.