Memorial Day (also known as Decoration Day) is a U.S. federal holiday observed the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the memories of the countless men and women who have given their lives in service to their country.
The first national Decoration Day observance was held May 30, 1868, as a tribute to the countless Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the conflict. Following World War I, the focus of the holiday expanded to include all U.S. soldiers killed in war or military action.
Decoration Day was officially renamed Memorial Day by federal law in 1967. Memorial Day was moved from May 30th to its present position on the calendar by the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968.
|The History of Memorial Day|
|What is Memorial Day? (An Introduction for Children)|
||Art and Craft Projects for Memorial Day|
|Classroom Activities for Memorial Day|
|Children's Songs for Memorial Day|
|Memorial Day Discussion Topics for English Language Learners|
|Interactive Memorial Day Word Puzzles|
|Patriotic Song Archive
(Traditional songs appropriate for any U.S. holiday)
|Printable Coloring Pages, Puzzles, and Worksheets|
|Printable Memorial Day Word Wall (Adobe PDF Format)|
|Recommended Children's Books for Memorial Day|
|Selected Poems for Memorial Day|
|Writing Prompts for Memorial Day|
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