RANDOLPH, NJ- Memorial Day Facts For Kids:

  • Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember all of the men and women who died fighting for our country.  These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.
  • Some people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused.   Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all of the men and women who have served in the US armed forces, Memorial Day to to honor those who lost their lives.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May.
  • Having a day to honor the soldiers who lost their lives started after the Civil War (1861-1865).
  • The original name was Decoration Day.
  • Decoration Day was started on May 5th 1868 to honor union soldiers who died in the Civil War.
  • It was called Decoration Day because family members of fallen soldiers decorated the their graves with flowers.
  •  The first service to honor fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery was held on May 30th 1868.  
  • Decoration Day originally only honored the soldiers who died in the Civil War.  After World War I it was changed to all soldiers who lost their lives in war.
  • On May 11 1950 Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day.
  • President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in I971.
  • The official flower of Memorial Day are red poppies.
  • People celebrate Memorial Day by placing flowers on soldier’s graves,  fly flags at half-staff, attending parades and remembering soldiers who lost their lives .