May is also the month when we commemorate Memorial Day. Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
in the Erwin Library newspaper exhibit area for this month are books about the men and women who have served our country during the American Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, Korean War, and other more recent wars.
There are many memorials that celebrate the people who gave their lives in military service to the United States. Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website, the National World War II Memorial website, Korean War Veterans Memorial website and the Arlington National Cemetery website. All of these memorials and cemeteries are located in Washington D.C.