Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day (戦没将兵追悼記念日) in the US.

Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States, while Labor Day, the first Monday of September, marks the unofficial start of autumn.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

We have a special memorial day too called Irei no Hi (Okinawa Memorial Day, 慰霊の日) that’s only observed in Okinawa on June 23rd to remember all of the lives lost during the Battle of Okinawa.

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