Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Memorial Day shouldn't be confused with Veteran's Day. Memorial day is about those that gave their life for the USA, Veterans day is about those that serve and have served for the USA.
The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1971.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
One of the most compelling memorials I have ever seen in my lifetime was exists in Gloucestershire, England depicting chicken-wire ghost statues of those that served and lost their lives.
At this memorial, ghost-like sculptures of soldiers who died in World War One have been erected next to their graves in a village cemetery.
The life-size figures of eleven men have been placed in Slimbridge churchyard in Gloucestershire, England. Sculptor Jackie Lantelli created them out of chicken wire.
Ms. Lantelli said she had always been "passionate about remembering on Remembrance Day".
"I make wire sculptures of fairies, and I had the idea that I could make some wire soldiers that look ghost-like with a very thin layer of chicken wire."
She said the sculptures represent the eleven fallen soldiers from the village and have been placed at the foot of the men's graves.
"They stand at the foot of each grave where the soldier, sailor or airman of WWI or WWII from this parish is either buried or commemorated on a family grave. Please treat the soldiers with respect. They represent the men from this village that fell in both wars."
To the men and women that have lost their lives for the USA.
We honor you and we thank you.