Memorial Day is meant to be one of the most solemn American holidays.
First known as "Decoration Day," it began three years after the end of the Civil War, when a former Union general called for a way to remember fallen service members. For decades, Americans marked the holiday on May 30. In 1971, the federal government officially designated the last Monday in May as Memorial Day.
The National Military Family Association: Acts as a "voice" for military families and is the "go to" source for government officials seeking to understand the issues facing spouses and children of those serving in the armed forces.