Memorial Day began in 1865, not long after the War Between the States. It started out as “Decoration Day” and was a day to decorate the graves of those to whom we are indebted.
Decoration Day was a day of general remembrance for deceased relatives without regard to whether they served in the military.
May we pause today to also remember civilian men and women who served with courage and honor the causes of liberty and justice for all.
Wiki article on Memorial Day