A Quick History of Memorial Day


By Mac Bettersworth, reporter

Memorial Day was originally a holiday to honor those who died in the Civil War, but during World War 1 when the US found themselves entangled in another large conflict, the holiday evolved to commemorate all American Military Personel who passed.


For years, Memorial day had been on May 30, the date chosen for the first Decoration Day, but in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May to create a 3-day weekend for employees. The UMHA was put into effect in 1971.


Each year, cities around the US hold parades to celebrate, often including veterans and other military personnel.


Many people will visit cemeteries and large memorials to remember those who have fallen. Some may wear a red poppy, a tradition that began with a poem written during World War 1.


Others may throw a party, celebrating their 3-day weekend, and the unofficial beginning of summer.