Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.
I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to honor our Vietnam veterans, our fallen, our wounded, those unaccounted for, our former prisoners of war, their families, and all who served with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
Throughout this Commemoration, let us strive to live up to their example by showing our Vietnam veterans, their families, and all who have served the fullest respect and support of a grateful Nation.”
President Barack Obama 5/25/12
National Memorial Day Observances
Monday, May 28th – 3:00 pm Local Time
- Origins of Memorial Day – The Department of Veterans Affairs takes us back to the 1860s, when it all began.
- Veterans Stories – Experience war stories from the Veterans History Project.
- Memorials, Military History, and Monuments – Memorials to the brave people who defended freedom and liberty of our country, military history, and monuments…
- Help Your Country – Provide tips, support the troops, volunteer, donate, work for the government…
Presidential Medal of Freedom
The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Awarded for “a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate”
On May 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM ET the following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom: