Memorial Day: It isn't just the start of the summer season, but an official holiday set aside especially to remember those who honourably served our country.
The federal holiday was created to honor soldiers who have died in military service and is observed annually on the last Monday of May. It was recognized as a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1971. Memorial Day traces its roots to "Decoration Day" — a 19th century U.S. tradition where the graves of Civil War soldiers were decorated at the end of May.
So, while we're all looking forward to summer and spending time with family and friends, don't forget to remember those who helped keep our country the Land of the Free, Because of the Brave!
Now, if you're one of the many looking to get away this holiday weekend, know that you're joining nearly 42 million fellow Americans who are kicking off their summer with travel plans, too. Stay safe out there!