What used to be Decoration Day starting in right after the Civil War in 1865 to honor the fallen soldiers of the war, both in the north and the south, but was changed by Congress in 1882 to Memorial Day. Just as the people of the Civil War remembered those who died in the Revolution and War of 1812, today we need to remember those who fell in every war America has been involved in. You do not have to agree with the war or why America got involved to honor those that gave their lives protecting those around them.
How to celebrate – Remember those who died for this country. Decorate a graveyard. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.