Today, our nation observes Memorial Day, a federal holiday to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service to our country. After the end of the Civil War, several communities began to recognize those who died in service, often by decorating the graves of the deceased. In fact, the holiday was first called Decoration Day. After World War II, the holiday, which by then had expanded to much of the country, was changed to Memorial Day, and made official by federal law in 1967.
Events to commemorate Memorial Day in Portland include the Danner Memorial March in Waterfront Park and the Oregon Field of Honor featuring a display of 1,000 American flags in the park's south end bowl area. This commemoration kicks off the Portland Rose Festival 2010. Learn more about the March and activities here.