Take a minute, a New York minute even, and see what comes to you as you open to something you'd like to memorialize on Memorial Day. Memorial means to preserve the memory of, or commemorate. If something comes to you, take the minute just to let it saturate you, be with it for that minute. If nothing comes, think about that for that one minute. Nothing? The holiday is currently designated to commemorate all the Americans who died in our wars. It began following the Civil War.