In the United States, the last Monday in May is celebrated as Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the country’s military.
This year Memorial Day, a federal holiday, falls on Monday, May 30.
Financial markets are closed, and President Joe Biden will attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the Memorial Day parade in Washington returned to Constitution Avenue on Monday.
Many Americans mark this day by visiting war memorials or visiting cemeteries and placing flowers on the graves.
In Washington, motorcyclists have been a regular feature of Memorial Day observance. This year the motorcyclists’ event is called Rolling to Remember and has expanded its mission to raise awareness of the crisis of suicide among veterans.
Rolling to Remember said on its website that it staged its “demonstration ride” in and around Washington on Saturday to “raise awareness of the critical issues facing our nation’s veterans and call for action for the missing 82,000 service members.” It was done to raise awareness as well as 22 veterans who die by suicide every day.”
Many family celebrations and picnics take place on Memorial Day as it is widely recognized as the start of the summer season in the United States.