It is one of the most important commemorative dates in the United States. It is a federal date that honors the members of the United States Armed Forces who died defending the country.
Memorial Day is commemorated on the last Monday in May each year. Memorial Day 2023 will take place on Monday, May 29.
As this is an official holiday approved by the US Congress, state government offices are closed. Some schools and businesses may also be closed on this day.
Traditionally, at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, a minute of silence is observed to remember all those who have died in military service.
It is traditional to fly the United States flag at half-staff from sunrise to noon. Many Americans celebrate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family reunions, and participating in parades. Some of the biggest parades take place in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
It is also customary during the tribute at the graves of fallen military, to place a small American flag next to it.
As an immigrant, I respectfully join in this tribute to the American men and women who have died in combat, serving and defending this great country.
Red, white and blue in some of my pieces is a way to honor the fallen soldiers who gave their lives for the future of the United States.