The origins of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, are unclear and it was celebrated at various times by different communities. But since 1971, (due to the Congressional National Holiday Act) it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May to commemorate all those who died in service to the United States of America.
I discovered the following interesting facts on a website about Memorial Day History:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.
Here in Ocean City, the annual Memorial Day Program will take place on Monday, May 30, 2011, beginning at 11a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th & Wesley Avenue (about a 5-minute walk from the Scarborough Inn). For more information call 609-525-9300.