By Nancy Osborne
Memorial Day is one of those national holidays that offer a three day weekend and the time to kick back doing whatever you, your friends or your family chooses to do. But the reason for the last Monday in May being a holiday is often lost in the rush to make those plans. There is a more poignant reason for the day.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs Memorial Day dates back to 1868 when, after America’s Civil War, it was observed on May 30th to honor those who died fighting in it. After World War I that focus expanded to include those who died in all American wars. And In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday to occur annually on the last Monday in May. It was an addition those popular 3 day weekends most of us can’t wait to enjoy.