Memorial Day observed on the last Monday of May every year in the United States. On this day, people pay tribute to all the soldiers who died while in the military service. On this day, people decorate the graves of the soldiers.
Earlier, this day was recognized as Decoration Day. It is assumed that in 1865, Henry C. Welles, suggested at a social gathering to honor the patriotic dead by decorating their graves. The first Memorial Day observed on 5th May 1868 by General John A. Logan. In 1873, New York was the first state who officially recognizes the holiday.
Memorial Day is a Government holiday. It is a day off for the general population, schools, and businesses. All non-essential Government offices, schools, businesses, and other organizations remain closed. Most public transportation systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people go on a short holiday or visit family or friends on Memorial Day weekend. It can create traffic on highways and at airports.
A tradition of Memorial Day is to fly the flag of the United States at half staff from dawn until noon. Many people visit tombs and monuments to honor Soldiers who have died in military service. They decorate graves of the soldiers with flags and flowers. Prades and events are arranged in the country.
Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of recognition. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events, and family gatherings this weekend. This day is seen as the start of the summer season for social events.
People use #memorialday to share on Social media to mark this day. Send Memorial Day messages to friends and relatives. There are some Messages or wishes which you can send to your loved ones.
Every bank is closed on Memorial Day each year. All the branches of credit unions, small & large banks and even TD Bank remain closed on Memorial Day. Only ATM services are available on this day.
All post offices remain closed on Memorial Day as this is a postal holiday. FedEx and UPS stores and services also not work on Memorial Day.
All the stock markets remain closed on Memorial Day each year. There is no trading day for the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major U.S. based markets.
All the general stores and restaurants are open with normal business hours on Memorial Day. Itâ€™s a big day for shopping as stores provide Memorial Day sales and deals.
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