May 31, 2021 3 min read

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Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2021 will take place on Monday, May 31.

Originally known as Decoration Day,It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Numerous Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.


1. Memorial Day Was Originally Called 'Decoration Day'

In 1869, the head of a company of Union veterans Maj. Gen. John A. Logan established Decoration Day as a way for the nation to honor the graves of those who passed away in the Civil War with flowers, according to the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department.

This is a part of the official order composed by Logan:


The 30th day of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

2.  May 30 Was Chosen as the Observation Day Because Flowers Remain In Blossom

Logan was believed to have chosen May 30 as the day to observe Decoration Day because flowers would remain in bloom nationwide, the Veterans Affairs website wrote.

Though there were future conversations over the official day for Memorial Day, by the end of the 19th century, state legislatures passed proclamations naming May 30 as the holiday.


3. Memorial Day Was Declared as a National Holiday in 1971

In 1971, Congress stated Memorial Day a national holiday, putting it as the last Monday in May. According to the Veterans Affairs the day was broadened to honor all those who have died in American wars.

Congress in December 2000 passed and the president signed into law "The National Moment of Remembrance Act," to ensure those who sacrificed their lives for the country were not forgotten.


4. The Official Birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York

There are disputes over which city was the origin of Memorial Day, although the first large observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for a crowd of about 5,000 in 1868.

In 1966, former President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York the official "birthplace" of the holiday, according to the Veterans Affairs


5. The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m. Monday

The National Moment of Remembrance, which asks that Americans pause in silence to honor those who have died serving the U.S., occurs at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.


Let's Draw Memorial Day Step by Step


In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil 5H
  • Pencil 3B
  • Pencil 5B
  • Pencil B8
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
    • blue
    • red


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Step 1. Draw the strokes of the heights of the three people whom we are going to draw (pencil 5H).


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Step 2. Draw the axial lines of the bodies and the heads within the lines of step 1 (pencil 5H).


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Step 3. Draw the contours of the bodies and the fold lines of the flag in the background (pencil B).



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Step 4. Draw a hand of the central silhouette, arms, and weapons for the side silhouettes (pencil 3B).


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Step 5. Draw more detailed contours of all the silhouettes. The more kinks along the contour of the clothes, the more beautiful the drawing will be (pencil 3B).


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Step 6. Erase the excess lines (eraser). Remove the brush grains from an eraser with a brush.


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Step 7. Draw the flag lines and stars in the upper left corner (pencil 5B).


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Step 8. Hatch the silhouettes, preferably with lines in one horizontal direction (pencil B8).


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Step 9. Paint the flag lines with red and the background of the stars with blue (colored blue and red pencils).


 And There You Have It!

Memorial Day Drawing. We hope you enjoyed drawing with us. See you in the next Tutorial!
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