Educator Resources for Memorial Day

On the last Monday of May, people across the United States join together to remember the military personnel who died serving their country. Memorial Day is a national holiday that traces its roots back to the Civil War. From decorating graves to attending parades, the traditions to honor the fallen troops have evolved with every conflict. The holiday as we know it today emerged during World War I, when the country united to mourn a common loss. World War II strengthened that shared purpose, and Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday during the Vietnam War. It's a day to pay your respects to the men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect your freedoms. It's also a day to celebrate living veterans, as well as the soldiers who continue to serve! So, however you choose to celebrate the long weekend, take some time to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day.