What is Memorial Day?

Posted at 11:35 AM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 11:35:55-04

Memorial Day isn't about flipping burgers, soaking in the rays on the beach or even that three day weekend everybody looks forward to. 

Memorial Day is about remembering men and women who have fallen while serving our country. Memorial Day happens on the last Monday of May. It became a federal holiday back in 1971. 

General John Logan proclaimed the first Memorial Day back on May 30th, 1868. The national commander of the Grand Army wanted to observe a holiday to remember the soldiers who, "who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes.”

Many cemeteries across the U.S. hold memorials and gatherings. Towns, cities will have parades to celebrate the people who put their lives on the line and fought for our country.