Here’s a look at Memorial Day, a day honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars. In 2017, Memorial Day will be on May 29th.
Celebrated on the last Monday in May.
May 5, 1866 –Residents of Waterloo, New York, observe a Memorial Day in honor of all who died during the Civil War. Businesses are closed and soldiers’ graves are decorated.
Civil War –Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half of these deaths were caused by disease.