This holiday began in the years following the Civil War with many civilians decorating the graves of soldiers who died in battle. It became known as Decoration Day. Shortly after World War I, the holiday came to remember soldiers of all wars who never made it home.
On this day, whether your American or not, take a moment to remember those who fought for your country and never made it home to those who loved them. It is a small, but important action to never forget how lucky we all are.