years after the Civil War ended on May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day be observed on May
30th. This was a time to decorate the graves of Civil War Veterans. The Southern states did not participate in Decoration
Day until after WW1 when all Veterans that died during their service were included.
In 1967 President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation officially renaming
Decoration Day to Memorial Day. In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a National holiday and changed to the last Monday in May.
I believe that a vast majority of Americans have
forgotten the reason for Memorial Day. It has become another three day weekend, commercialized with reatail sales or the start
of summer vacations.
In December 2000
the United States Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance that encourages all Americans to pause for one minute
of silence a 3 PM to remember all who have died in service to our nation. One minute of our Day to help put the Memorial back
in Memorial Day."