Memorial Day, was originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.
Memorial Day came, after The Civil War, to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5th 1868. General John Logan.
“Decorating the graves of those who died in defense of their country and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I.
It became an official federal holiday in 1971.