As a US Territory, the US Virgin Islands celebrates Memorial Day on the final Monday of May along with the United States proper. This holiday commemorates the noble deeds of all who died while serving in the US Armed Forces or defending the US and its territories. By contrast, Veterans Day applies to all US veterans and not just those who died.
|2022||30 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|2023||29 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|2024||27 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
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Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was a time to decorate the graves of US Civil War soldiers’ graves to honour the memory of their great sacrifice to save the union and free the slaves. By 1890, all northern US states celebrated Decoration Day, but the southern states only started to do so after World War I, when the meaning of the holiday was expanded to included all war dead and not just those dying for the Union Cause in the Civil War.
The original date of Memorial Day was 30 May, but that was changed to the last Monday in May in 1971 to allow for a long weekend. Today, Memorial Day is thought of as the “unofficial beginning of summer” and is a time when many go on mini-vacations, have barbecues or picnics, or head to the beach.
|2021||31 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|2020||25 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|2019||27 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|2018||28 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|2017||29 May||Mon||Memorial Day|