MEMORIAL Day is a national holiday in the US to honor the sacrifice of the country’s fallen war heroes.
It falls on the last Monday of May — but what date is that this year and what events are planned? Here is all you need to know.
When is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day 2023 is on Monday, May 29.
As it is a federal holiday, many Americans will receive the day off work, giving them a three-day weekend.
Families often use this day to visit the graves of fallen relatives or loved ones who died serving in the armed forces.
Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
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Is Memorial Day only for those who died in service?
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday commemorating those who have died in military service to their country.
It is observed annually on the last Monday of May.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to decorate the graves of those who died in the war, and was created in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
The holiday is also associated with the Indianapolis 500 car race held on the Sunday after Memorial Day.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades.
What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all US military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.
Veterans Day also coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, is a US remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the US military.
What flower is prominent on Memorial Day?
There’s a tradition that Americans wear poppies on Memorial Day to honor war veterans who have died.
In war-torn battlefields, the red-field poppy was one of the first plants to grow.
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The practice of wearing poppies was inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae.
McCrae saw the poppies during burials around his artillery position.