Memorial Day

Memorial Day

noun
1.
Also called Decoration Day. a day, May 30, set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars: now officially observed on the last Monday in May.
2.
any of several days, as April 26, May 10, or June 3, similarly observed in various Southern states.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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Memorial Day
 
n
a holiday in the United States, May 30th in most states, commemorating the servicemen killed in all American wars

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Memorial Day
used in a general sense is from 1830s; as a specific holiday commemorating U.S. war dead (originally Northern soldiers killed in the Civil War) it began informally in late 1860s. officially from 1869 among veterans' organizations.
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