The fight to protect the original meaning of Memorial Day seems to be a losing battle.
According to History.com, “Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.”
In 1968, Congress passed a law known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. That legislation took effect in 1971, when Memorial Day was changed from each May 30th to the last Monday in May, and was declared a federal holiday.