For many, Memorial Day conjures images of family cookouts, rising gas prices, blowout sales on everything from cars to computers, and the unofficial start to the summer season.
It’s a lot more than that, of course.
Originally known as Decoration Day and designed to commemorate both the Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the Civil War, over the years, the observance has grown to honor all American soldiers killed while serving—some 1.2 million individuals dating back to the Revolutionary War—and was eventually renamed “Memorial Day.” It became a Federal holiday in 1971.
How Do You Celebrate Memorial Day?
By Boston Herald Travel Staff
With more money in their pockets thanks to lower gas prices and an improved job market, AAA expects more than 37 million Americans to travel for Memorial Day, the most since 2005.
Gasoline should be around $1 cheaper this Memorial Day. The average price for a gallon of gas yesterday was $2.66. Last year on the holiday it was $3.66.