This weekend marks the start of the summer season and many people use it to gather with family, cookout, and go shopping.
However, Memorial Day originally began as Decoration Day after the Civil War. The process of decorating soldier's graves became widespread and in 1882 Decoration Day officially became known as Memorial Day. A day in memory and honor of those who gave their lives in war.
Most American celebrate this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A moment of remembrance takes place, nationally, at 3 pm local time. Typically the U.S. flag is flown at half staff from dawn until noon.