Memorial Day 2023

May 29, 2023
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Here is the U.S. law related to the observance of Memorial Day.

36 U.S. Code § 116. Memorial Day

(a) Designation — The last Monday in May is Memorial Day.

(b) Proclamation — The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

  1. calling on the people of the United States to observe Memorial Day by praying, according to their individual religious faith, for permanent peace;

  2. designating a period of time on Memorial Day during which the people may unite in prayer for a permanent peace;

  3. calling on the people of the United States to unite in prayer at that time; and

  4. calling on the media to join in observing Memorial Day and the period of prayer.

You can read this year’s presidential proclamation here.


O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!

America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

– from "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates

Written by

Joseph Slife

Joseph Slife

Joseph Slife has been a news writer for the Associated Press, a college instructor, and a radio host. He and his wife Joye have three grown sons.

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