Question time: What is Memorial Day?

Am 31. Mai 2021 wird in diesem Jahr in den USA der Memorial Day gefeiert. Doch was hat es eigentlich mit diesem Feiertag auf sich? Unsere Redakteurin erklärt es Ihnen in diesem Auszug aus der Read On.

What is Memorial Day?

By Siobhan Bruns

1 Memorial Day is the day to remember those who died while serving in the United States military. It is on the last Monday in May and is a national holiday in the US.

2 People visit cemeteries and memorials on the day and volunteers put American flags on graves in national cemeteries.

3 Brause the holiday is always on a Monday, it gives most Americans a long weekend off work. At the end of May, the weather is warm enough to have a barbecue with family and friends.

4 The first barbecue of the year is a good way to kick off the summer season – because Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer in the United States. Summer’s unofficial end is Labor Day, which is on the first Monday of September.

Vocabulary

Memorial Day Gedenktag – to serve Militärdienst leisten – military Militär – cemetery Friedhof – Memorial Gedenkstätte – Volunteers Freiwillige(r) – flag Fahne – grave Grab – to kick off beginnen – season Saison – unofficial inoffiziell – Labor Day Tag der Arbeit