“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May and was formerly known as Decoration Day. Decoration Day had originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. Memorial Day typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.