Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country.
The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break. To Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Many people attend parades, go to the beach or have cook-outs with friends and family.
But at its heart, Memorial Day is a day when Americans reflect on the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in military service.