There are many days in the year to honor those who serve, but we reserve Memorial Day to mourn the U.S. military personnel who died in service.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it began in the years after the Civil War, becoming an official holiday in 1971.
After the Civil War, various towns across American held their own springtime tribute to the fallen soldiers of the war, decorating the graves. Waterloo, New York was eventually chosen as the official birthplace of the holiday due to their annual, community-wide event where businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers. It was established as the last Monday in May to give federal workers a three-day weekend.
We take this opportunity to pay our respect for those who sacrificed all.