We celebrate Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who gave their life for the U.S. military. The History Channel shares the history of Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known. It originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. Most Americans celebrate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the start of summer.
To those who courageously gave their lives and to those who continue the fight today, thank you from all of us!