Memorial Day is the time our country recognizes the ultimate sacrifice of American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Originally, following the Civil War, families of fallen soldiers would commemorate the day by decorating graves and having picnic-style gatherings afterward.
It was not until 1967 that the holiday was named Memorial Day. In 1971, the holiday was officially set as the last Monday in May and became the unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection and lighthearted fun.
Remember to commemorate the sacrifice of all the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our great country.