Memorial Day 2023

Memorial Day 2023

Posted by Hayley Adams on May 25th 2023

What is Memorial Day?

As Memorial Day approaches it's important to remember that this holiday is much more than an extended weekend. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance to the brave American heroes who have sacrificed their lives while honorably serving our country. Every year this holiday is observed on the last Monday of May; this year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 29, 2023.

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Originally, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and was a day to honor fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers, wreaths, and American flags. While the traditions of this holiday go way back to post-Civil War times, it wasn’t recognized as an official federal holiday until 1971.

Decorating for Memorial Day traditions began shortly after the Civil War when the leader of the Northern Civil War Veterans' organization requested May 30th to be a day of remembrance to honor the lives of the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. Most experts believe that the first Decoration Day was chosen for that day because all of the states would have flowers in bloom by then, though others believe the date was ideal because it didn’t coincide with the anniversary of any battles.

Before World War I, Memorial Day was set aside to observe only those who fought and died only in the Civil War. Today it has evolved to be a national holiday of remembrance for all military personnel who have lost their lives serving the United States.

Flag Flying & Half-Staff Holiday

Remember to fly your American flag proudly on Memorial Day 2023, as it is a national flag flying holiday filled with 51 years of tradition!

The American flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes.