Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day
History of Memorial Day
Many American cities and towns also celebrate the day with a parade, including the 2004 Memorial Day parade in which was held in Washington, DC for the first time in over 60 years.
In December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act (P.L. 106-579) which created a commission whose charter is to "encourage people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity" by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance. On Memorial Day, at 3 p.m. local time, all American are asked to pause wherever they are for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.