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. ... Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
The First Official Memorial Day was in 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.
In 1971 people celebrated Memorial Day in more of a traditional way like going to graves and placing flags on tums of solders.
Today we still do all of the traditional things but we also go to party'sand go on vacations. We still celebrate all the brave individuals out there who gave up their life so we can be free but in more of a cheerfuller way but still respectful.