Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) will introduce a bill Thursday aimed at restoring the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day to May 30th.

“On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to our fallen heroes who gave their lives to protect our great nation,” said Hanabusa, member of the House Armed Services Committee.

“This special day was originally observed on May 30th each year, until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 and changed the date to the last Monday in May. Because of this, many Americans have begun to celebrate the long weekend as the beginning of summer rather than honoring those who died courageously in battle.

“Restoring the traditional intention of Memorial Day was a cause championed by Senator Inouye throughout his career, because he understood the importance of ensuring that all Americans never forget the true significance of this holiday. I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation.”