May. 26, 2019
Americans take a break to commemorate the lives of those who fell in war .
Memorial day in the USA is observed on the last Monday of May yearly , since the Federal government made it an official holiday in 1971 .
A day that was formally known as decoration day , is widely believed to have started in 1865 in Charleston South Carolina when a group of free slaves gathered to bury the fallen in war .
Union general John A Lugar declared a day for the remembrance for those who died in the USA civil war on May 30th 1868.
Confederate soldiers were also adored and celebrated by 11 states as part of memorial observances .
In 1950 , US congress agreed for a resolution for a day of remembrance for the war heroes and sheroes .
In 1968 , the uniform Monday holiday act was passed , making memorial day a federal holiday , letting federal workers to be off work also .
During memorial day, most Americans visit memorial cemetries and graves of fallen families and friends .
In Washington DC , the president of the united states and commander of the forces places a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier with speeches from military leaders .
President Trump will honor the fallen this 2019 from Japan where he is on a four days state visit .
Dr Akwo Thompson Ntuba