Today we honor our United States men and women who died while in military service. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and it is now observed on the last Monday of May. This day was first known as Decoration Day, and it was first enacted to honor soldiers of the American Civil War. The name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.
Many brave men an women have given their lives in service to our country. I honor their courage and their memories, and I give thanks to their families for their sacrifice.