If you are like most Americans, it’s hard to remember what day our country celebrates Memorial Day. Signifying the unofficial start of summer each year, it always falls on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2016 will take place on Monday, May 30th. But there is a lot more to the holiday than welcoming summer. Memorial Day has a rich history, and is a great opportunity to honor the men and women who have served the United States of America as soldiers.
To many Americans, youth in particular, Memorial Day is a day off of work and school, associated with afternoon barbecues and discount mattresses. It’s a day of rest and relaxation, but often becomes detached from its original purpose.