Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day on or about 1868, gradually came to be known as Memorial Day. In the years following the Civil War, it honored only those who lost their lives 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 and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Show your red, white and blue patriotic nails. Here are a few Memorial Day ideas.