Memorial Day 2021 Date, History, Flag, Parade, Facts & Quotes [USA]

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Memorial Day 2021 Quotes: Memorial Day is celebrated on 31st May. The day is a federal holiday in United States and is celebrated to remember the men and women who have given up their lives during their military duties. Sacrificing own life is the greatest service that could be done while serving the country. Memorial Day acts as day to remember these fallen soldiers.

This article will give you a brief idea about the Memorial Day and the history behind it. So keep on reading till the end. Make sure to check out our archive of facts, quotes and images about the Memorial Day 2021.

What is Memorial Day?

Previously known as Decoration Day, this holiday is celebrated to remember and mourn over the men and women who have selflessly given up their lives while serving the United States. The day is not same as Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day. On Veterans Day, citizens remember everyone who has served military. Armed Forces Day celebrates the service of every men and women who is currently in the military or has retired.  On Memorial Day, respects are given to only those who have died during their military service. The first Memorial Day was observed on 1971.

When is Memorial Day 2021?

Memorial Day is usually observed on the last Monday of May. For 2021, Memorial Day is set to be celebrated on 31st May.

History of Memorial Day in USA

The idea of Memorial Day started from the Civil War where United States lost more lives than any conflict in history. Citizens started holding small memorials to pay respect to all brave soldiers who have died. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan proposed a nationwide day to remember the soldiers. This proposed day was named as ‘Decoration Day’ later.

As Decoration Day became more popular, the day evolved to pay respect to those who lost their lives not only in Civil War, but also in World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and etc. This is how concept of Memorial Day came into play and for many years, as General proposed, May 30th was observed as Memorial Day.

In 1968, America passed a new Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It was decided then that Memorial Day will be celebrated on the last Monday of May. The act started from 1971. Since then, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May. This same act also made the day a federal holiday.

American flag Memorial Day 2021

There are certain protocols you must follow in order to use the American Flag to honour the graves of dead. First of all, the flag must not have any tears or holes. The flag must be in good condition and not faded.

American Flag Memorial Day 2021
American Flag Memorial Day 2021

Even while flying the flag, there are some unique rules. The flag should be hoisted to peak for a brief moment when first raised, before it is lowered to a half-staff position. The flag is kept like that until noon, and after noon it is again hoisted to peak.

A black mourning ribbon is usually attached to the flag to remember the solemn meaning of the day.

Memorial Day parade 2021 USA

Every year a parade is organised in Washington DC to remember the Memorial Day. As time went on, this parade has become the largest event of Memorial Day. It also holds a special meaning to the citizens as many come out to streets to watch the parade.

Memorial Day 2021 Images with Quotes
Memorial Day 2021 Images with Quotes

In 2020, the parade was supposed to include musical performances, marching bands, and more than 1000 veteran soldiers but unfortunately it was paused due to the pandemic.

This year The American Veteran Centre has announced the return of the National Memorial Day Parade. But this year the parade will be broadcasted only, and no spectators will be allowed.

Interesting facts about Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a very important holiday to remember the dead. You are at the right place, if you want to brush up your knowledge about this day. Here are some facts about the Memorial Day that might catch your interest.

  • Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
  • General John A. Logan proposed the idea of Decoration Day, which was celebrated on May 30th.
  • Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day from 1971.
  • Poppies are the symbol of Memorial Day.
  • Every year, at 3:00 pm local time a national moment of remembrance takes place on Memorial Day.

Happy Memorial Day Quotes 2021 for loved ones

Memorial Day 2021 Quotes
Memorial Day 2021 Quotes

With the pandemic raging, you may not be able to go out and visit the local cemeteries to pay homage to the fallen soldiers. What you can do is to share quotes about the day with your loved ones to remember the dead. It’s not much but it surely does the job. Check out some amazing quotes about the Memorial Day 2021 which you can share through all your social media platforms.

Happy Memorial Day 2021 Images
Happy Memorial Day 2021 Images
  • “Let their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” – Daniel Webster
  • “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” – Benjamin Disraeli.
  • “We don’t know them all but we owe them all.” – Anonymous.
  • “And they who for their country die shall fill the honored grave, for glory lights and soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake

Other than the main parade, many small parades are held in New-York and Chicago. Americans visit graves to pay respect to the dead. Flowers and poppies are often placed on the graves in local cemeteries. To some, the day even indicates the start of summer. On this note, we urge everyone to be safe while going out and maintain the safety protocols.

We hope that you liked reading this article about National Memorial Day 2021. Thank you for reading till the end. Feel free to download images and quotes about the Memorial Day and share them through your Facebook, WhatsApp, or Instagram stories.

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