Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.
Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
In years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. The United States celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May.
You can learn more about this holiday here.
This information came from http://www.allabouthistory.org/memorial-day-meaning.htm
Memorial Day usually means entertaining friends and family, so here’s a link to a Patriotic Berry Trifle recipe from the Food Network for an impressive looking red, white, and blue dessert: