The Chronicles of Memorial Day What we know now as Memorial Day used to have another name- Decoration Day. Initially, the day was called for as a tribute and a way to honor fallen soldiers by adorning their graves, which began way back in 1868. There was no specific war with which the event was associated at the time. Still, Americans readily accepted and practiced it due to the prevailing sentiments about the Civil War. Initially, 27 states participated in the first year, and the tradition continued well past the 1800s, until the name change in 1971 to Memorial Day....
May 14, 2021