Day Of Remembrance
We celebrate Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for those who have died (about 1.1 million people) in our nation’s service. This is in contrast to Veterans Day, when we honor all who have served in the U.S. military.
President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. James A. Garfield – a Civil War general, a Ohio congressman and a future president – was the principal speaker. After the ceremony, some 5,000 participants decorated the grave sites of more than 20,000 soldiers.
In honor of Memorial Day, all Americans are encouraged to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time for a moment of silence to remember those who have died in service to the nation.