The second WCC Library book exhibit for May 2010 commemorates Memorial Day. Observed on various dates in the Spring at the local and state level since the 1860s in the United States, Decoration Day was originally a day devoted to placing flowers on graves of soldiers who died in the American Civil War. Declared a national holiday in 1971, and by then expanded to honor the dead in all American wars, Memorial Day has traditionally been celebrated on May 30th, but recently it has been designated to occur on the last Monday of the month of May. To find out more information about Memorial Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. This website gives you the history of Memorial Day and other pertinent information.