Each last Monday of May is considered as Memorial Day which is also known as Decoration Day. The idea behind this day remember and honor all soldiers of United States in history. People visit cemeteries and statues to show their appreciation.
Memorial Day is based on a very old tradition regarding visiting soldiers’ grave and showing respect toward them. The other name is Decoration comes from again same origin. When people went to graves they decorate graves and give shape them, then later in American Civil War, United State government started to take this responsibility and decorate graves. Together with United State President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, there were variety kind of events and activities to honor people who gave his/her life for country. Just in Civil War, more than 600 000 people loss their life in both side.
Then in 1865, federal government gave decision to form some national military cemeteries for bot side soldiers. In 1966 on May 26, President Lyndon B. Johnson accepted to proclamation of Memorial Day and then 89th congress had announced officially recognition of this honoring day.
In that day, flag of the United States is raised only for half height until noon around country. This half flag is a significant symbol of more than million men and women life who gave for their country. In the ceremony process, people remember their sacrifice and their honored behaviors for country. Their courageous fights and actions is gotten an example by audience and participators to understand meaning of liberty and justice. While they are remembering they, they may find enough courageous, motivation and enthusiasm in themselves to serve for country. In Memorial Day, majority of United States Citizenship attend events and ceremonies in the city centers. These almost all activities include marching bands, national march, National Guards with military theme and other officers who served as veteran or vehicles in variety kind of duty in many wars. The events in Indianapolis 500 is the most significant one among Memorial Day activities. Since 1911, every year the race runs for that day. Also, in 2000’s congress decided to ask people stop their life for a minute at 3:00 p.m. and remember the heroes.
Because it is a federal holiday schools, businesses, shops like non-essential Government offices are closed. Public transportation schedule is changed according to holiday. For people, Memorial Day gives a good chance to meet with family members, visit cemeteries and getting together to share the day on May 29.