Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, and honors American men and women who died in military service to their country. It was started to honor Union soldiers who died during the Civil War, but now includes those who died in any war or military action. Many towns hold Memorial Day parades and many people visit cemeteries and memorials.
- Memorial Day — Facts, features, poetry, quizzes and more from the InfoPlease website
- U. S. Memorial Day — David Merchant creates this site “to help promote the return of the original intent and meaning back to Memorial Day [and] to be a central point for finding information on the day.”
- Soldiers’ Memorial Day — From the American Memory’s Today in History website
- Arlington National Cemetery — An extensive unofficial site by Michael Patterson
- National Memorial Day Concert — The PBS website has information about the concert as well as the history of Memorial Day and related subjects, including the 60th anniversary of D-Day.
- Memorial Day — From the History Channel website
In Flanders Fields
- McCrae House — Learn about the Canadian physician who wrote this stirring poem.
- The Making of “In Flanders Fields” by Rob Ruggenberg — “The poem “In Flanders Fields” by the Canadian army physician John McCrae…remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915.”
- Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial — Learn about this memorial to those who gave their lives fighting to free Belgium
Recipes and Entertaining
- Memorial Day Cooking — Recipes and more from the AllRecipes website
- Memorial Day Recipes — Recipes and menus for your Memorial Day Barbeque.
Memorial Day for Kids
- The Memory Shall Be Ours: Celebrating Memorial Day — Lesson plans and ideas from the Education World website
- Teach Kids the Meaning of Memorial Day — Suggestions for helping your kids understand the true meaning of Memorial Day from Education.com
- Memorial Day Activities and Games — Crafts, games, puzzles, stories and poems for celebrating Memorial Day from the “Apples for the Teacher” Web site.
- Memorial Day Crafts, Projects, and Worksheets — Ideas for children from the Enchanted Learning website