Memorial Day 2021 formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America.
The history of Memorial Day dates back to the American Civil War. It started as an event to honor soldiers who had died during the war. The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. Waterloo (New York) was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. In the late 19th century, the holiday (previously known as Decoration Day) became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.