Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day. There are many traditions associated with Memorial Day, some well-known and others long forgotten. Traditions that are ongoing go back to the Civil War, such as the placement of flags by a veteran’s headstone in honor of his or her service. This has carried on through the centuries. Another is the placement of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These are very visual examples of some of the traditions on Memorial Day.