For most people, it is just another day off from work and the official start of summer. The original Memorial Day was in 1868, it was called Decoration Day. The purpose was to honoring the dead of the Union Army in the Civil War. Over time, the Decoration Day holiday was expanded to salute the fallen soldiers from both North and South. Eventually it was renamed Memorial Day and chosen to encompass all of this country's fallen in subsequent wars.
Like the old english "D" on the Tigers cap, I believe the United States Flag is a thing of beauty. I just wish the marketing scientists at Major League Baseball could prevent themselves from grafting these two masterpieces together into a hideous mess.