Most of us students know Memorial Day as simply a holiday and a way for us to get out of attending school for a day. In reality, this day has a much greater meaning. Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died serving our country in the armed forces. General John A. Logan created “Decoration day” to commemorate the lost lives in the Civil War. As the U.S. took part in numerous other wars, the holiday was changed from solely commemorating soldiers from the Civil War to all the lost lives of all the wars U.S. soldier fought and died in. The name was also changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day.” Now that we know the historical significance behind Memorial Day, how do people celebrate this holiday throughout the country? Many American observe Memorial Day by having family gatherings, where they barbecue together, visiting cemeteries to honor lost loved ones, and participating in parades. Although my family is not one to have an extravagant celebration for Memorial Day, we make it a point to say a prayer for all the lost lives every Memorial Day. The specific way people observe Memorial Day varies throughout many families, but they all have one thing in common, a true reverence for souls who lost their lives for us in an effort to defend our nation.