Memorial Day is a day that we look forward to. It signifies the beginning of Summer, a long weekend, and time with friends and family.
It is also an important day in American democracy. Originally observed as Decoration Day, this holiday honoring our fallen soldiers dates back to the Civil War. In May of 1868, General John Logo, a veteran of the Civil War, declared May 30th as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in service. This tradition carried on in towns across the country until an official government holiday was declared 100 years later (the wheels of Congress turn slowly).
What is now known as Memorial Day is held on the last Monday of May and it is the day when we give a true thanks to our nation's fallen heroes.