What was the original name of Memorial Day in the United States?
Answer: Decoration Day is the former name of Memorial Day in the United States. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.
The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.