This coming Monday, May 31, 2010, the United States will celebrate Memorial Day. It takes place on the last Monday of May every year. This day honors and commemorates the male and female soldiers who have died while in military service.
It was first created to honor Union soldiers after the US Civil War, but later it was changed to encompass all soldiers who have fallen while in service. It was stated that the first Memorial Day was celebrated in the Charleston, South Carolina. This was where I live, so I find that really fascinating.
Most employees will get the day off of work to celebrate the day. Lots of people celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay respect of deceased soldiers. This is also a time where people have picnics, barbecues and special family time. Also, lots of people view it as the official start to summer and summer vacation.
If you want to read more about Memorial Day, you can visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day