May 27, 2013 Holiday – Memorial Day in US

Memorial Day is a significant federal holiday in the United States which annually falls on the final Monday of May. On this day men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces are remembered and honored.

Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the perished soldiers and was first observed on May, 30 in 1868, when fresh flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Nowadays, the holiday honors all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Americans love Memorial Day and traditionally observe it in many different ways.

Visiting cemeteries — On Memorial Day formerly called Decoration Day many Americans still follow the long standing tradition of bringing flowers to the grave sites of their perished during the wars loved ones and ancestors.

Memorial Day Parades — The central event of the holiday is visiting numerous military parades featuring marching bands which are held across the country.

Memorial Day Poppies — The tradition of red poppies on Memorial Day was started by an American teacher Moina Michael who made a personal pledge always wear red silk poppies as a symbol for “keeping the faith with all who died.” She also began a campaign to make the poppy a universal emblem of tribute and support for veterans. Through her efforts, the idea became popular not only in US, but also spread all around the world.

Outdoor Activities — Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season in US and is traditionally observed with friends and family. Outdoor activities and barbecues are very popular during the long Memorial Weekend.

Recommended gifts to US for Memorial Day: flowers, flower baskets, spirits, wine gifts, gourmet gift baskets, picnic gift baskets, fruit baskets

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