Memorial Day 1945. The United States was still fighting WWII. Germany had surrendered earlier that month but war in the Pacific Theater continued. These photographs from the Museum’s collection show scenes of the parade held that year on Wednesday, May 30th. Memorial Day was commemorated on May 30th until it changed to the 4th Monday of May in 1970. If you have photos of Memorial Day parades from years' gone by that you would like to share, please let us know.