The last Monday of May is Memorial Day, which is a federal holiday in the United States. The day is reserved to remember and honor the individuals who have died while serving as part of the armed forces. Memorial Day was first recognized in 1868 and was established by the Grand Army of the Republic and was first known as Decoration Day, but in 1971 became an official federal holiday.
For Memorial Day, many people pay their respects by visiting burial grounds and placing the United States flag on graves of those lost in combat. It is also the unofficial start of the summer season, and likewise Labor Day marks the end of the summer season.
Numerous cities and towns around the country will have Memorial Day parades, which have military personnel taking part in the tradition. The largest parades will be in the biggest cities such as Washington, Chicago, and New York.