Many Americans, over the years, have heard the (spoken) Gettysburg Address, which was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln, at the Civil War Battle site, in the Pennsylvania countryside. I believe that, on this Memorial Day, you might want to actually read the Address for yourself. The words (linked below) are as haunting today, as they were then.
As a young boy (really! there was such a time.), I remember people calling it “Decoration Day”. Originally, this was a day on which families went to the graves of Union Soldiers, who were killed during the Civil War–and they would decorate those graves. There was also a similar tradition honoring Confederate Soldiers who had been killed.
In 1971, Congress passed a Law, declaring Memorial Day to be a National Holiday, on the last Monday in May. Also, it was established to honor all Servicemen and Women, who died in all of our Country’s Wars.