Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and originated after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. First named Decoration Day because graves were decorated with flowers and flags. It was traditionally observed on May 30, but with the National Holiday Act of 1971 passed by Congress, Memorial Day is the last Monday of that month. This act ensured 3 days weekends for Federal workers.
This history made me think of Jesse Watters and his weekly Watters World segments in which he goes out in public and asks random people questions about history or culture or politics. It is more than a bit shocking and embarrassing to watch what looks like fairly intelligent/educated Americans not know the answer to questions most of us would consider obvious. Here's last night's Watter's World in which he asked a number of questions about various American Wars. Question such as, "Why do we observe Memorial Day? Who did we fight in the Revolutionary War."
We watch and wonder about just what these people were doing during their school days.