How Old is Memorial Day?

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Memorial Day weekend is more than just a time to grill out and party with family over a three-day weekend.  It is a holiday for remembering those American soldiers who have served and died in the line of duty.  But how old is Memorial Day?  How long have people been intentionally setting aside this weekend?  Glad you asked because I had no idea either so I did a quick Google search and found the history or Memorial Day on the US Department of Veteran’s Affair’s website.

The link to the page is below, but here are some interesting highlights from the history of Memorial Day.

  • Memorial Day can be traced all the way back to the 1860s and was referred to as Decoration Day
  • Americans decorated and honored the graves of soldiers who had died in the Civil War for both the Union and the Confederate Armies
  • While celebrated for over 100 years in various forms, Memorial Day was not a national holiday until 1971
  • People are encouraged to stop what they are doing at 3:00pm local time and have a moment of remembrance


From all of us here at National Warehouse, have a great Memorial Day Weekend.  Special thanks to the armed forces that work so hard to keep us safe.


Link to US Department of Veteran’s Affairs