Memorial Day noun
: the last Monday in May that is a national holiday in the U.S. honoring members of the armed forces who died in wars
: May 30 formerly observed as a legal holiday in most states of the United States in remembrance of war dead
: the last Monday in May observed as a legal holiday in most states of the United States
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Memorial Day noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
U.S. holiday. Originally held (1868) in commemoration of soldiers killed in the American Civil War, its observance later extended to all U.S. war dead. Most states conform to the federal practice of observing it on the last Monday in May, but some retain the traditional day of celebration, May 30. National observance is marked by the placing of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Flags, insignia, and flowers are placed on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries.
Variants of MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day or Decoration Day
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