"Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure."
- Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in themilitary service.
First enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans  to honor Unionsoldiers of the American Civil War – it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.