Monday, May 30, 2011, is Memorial Day. As our sister blog, In the Muse, wrote last year, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was originally established as
Declaration Decoration Day in 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. The day is intended to pay tribute to the individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States, and their families.
To reaffirm this tribute, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act in 2000 as P.L. 106-579. The act encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.