The warm weather is finally here this year! For some of us it came a bit later than others, but I think it is safe to say that we can all enjoy some nicer weather now!

In May there are two major holidays we celebrate in the US: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Neither of these holidays have a set date; the date is linked to a certain week and therefore changes every year. This year Mother’s Day is on May 8th, and Memorial Day is on May 30th.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May each year. The holiday is exactly what it sounds like, a day to celebrate mothers for all they do. It became an official US holiday in 1914. On Mother’ Day, families may come together to thank their mother for all she does, which is usually quite a lot! It is common to send or give your mom a Mother’s Day card showing your appreciation, as well as flowers, and some small gifts. The video below from History.com will provide you with the history and more details about Mother’s Day.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on the fourth Monday in May each year. This is a day where we remember all those in the US military who lost their lives while serving their country. Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1971. Every year on this day the president lays a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, to commemorate all troops who never returned home. Families, veterans, and other groups typically place small American flags in military cemeteries at each tombstone, as show below. Some towns and cities hold parades on Memorial Day. It is also a popular day for barbecuing with family and friends, as it unofficially marks the first day of summer. The video below will explain the history and evolution of Memorial Day.

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May holidays are all about remembrance and thanks. Whatever you do, make it a point this month to thank somebody in your life for something they have done, especially your mother!