When I was a kid, Memorial Day was on the 31st. Period. Not negotiable. There was a parade, and solemn guns were fired in the park with the eagle statue, at least until the statue was stolen. Now Memorial Day is whenever they say it is, whenever the ad section in the newspaper is heftier. I've been confused ever since they changed it, which may have been in the '70s. I love it that someone decorated the surfers' memorial. I didn't see it til this morning.