Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. In 2020, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 25. Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.
Due to COVID-19 some traditional activities will or may not happen. Traditionally, on Memorial Day (U.S.), people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries. The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day—or Decoration Day, as it was first known—is unclear.
In DeKalb (IL) there would normally be a parade and ceremony to honor Memorial Day, but this event was canceled for this year. There will be a virtual Memorial Day event posted on Monday at 9:00 AM via a variety of social media that will showcase some of the speakers and activities that would have happened on a normal day.
A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 PM local time on Monday. Part of this project will feature over 500 Buglers playing TAPS around the country.