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MEMORIAL DAY

Quick Facts : Memorial Day

  • Date: May 30, 2016
  • National
  • Also Called: Decoration Day
  • Celebrations: Decorating the graves of the soldiers
Memorial Day iImage Credit: flickr/walkadog

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday of May in the United States. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to all those who died while in the military service.

Formerly this day was known as Decoration Day, as on this day people used to decorate the graves of the soldiers. It is believed that in 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, NY, suggested at a social gathering to honor the patriotic dead by decorating their graves. Officially the first Memorial Day was observed by General John A. Logan on 5th May 1868. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York, in 1873.

Nowadays People celebrate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries, decorating the graves of the soldiers with flowers and flags. Parades and functions are arranged throughout the country. More over this is a day to remember all those who sacrificed their lives for the nation and to pay homage to their souls.

Memorial Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • May 26, 2008
  • Mon
  • May 25, 2009
  • Mon
  • May 31, 2010
  • Mon
  • May 30, 2011
  • Mon
  • May 28, 2012
  • Mon
  • May 27, 2013
  • Mon
  • May 26, 2014
  • Mon
  • May 25, 2015
  • Mon
  • May 30, 2016

Us holidays celebrated in year 2016

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Fri
  • Jan 01, 2016
  • Mon
  • Jan 18, 2016
  • Sun
  • Feb 14, 2016
  • Mon
  • Feb 15, 2016
  • Fri
  • Mar 25, 2016
  • Sun
  • Mar 27, 2016
  • Sun
  • May 08, 2016
  • Mon
  • May 30, 2016
  • Sun
  • Jun 19, 2016
  • Mon
  • Jul 04, 2016
  • Mon
  • Sep 05, 2016
  • Mon
  • Oct 10, 2016
  • Mon
  • Oct 31, 2016
  • Fri
  • Nov 11, 2016
  • Thu
  • Nov 24, 2016
  • Sun
  • Dec 25, 2016