Memorial day is celebrated on the last Monday of May.
Most native Deaf adults fingerspell the concept of "memorial" and that is how I want students in my
classes to do it.
If you spell "memorial" more than once in a conversation it starts to become
"lexicalized." By this I mean, it starts losing letters and looks more
Note: advanced signers often do very abbreviated versions of signs. For
example, they may do the sign for DAY with the tips of the fingers of left hand
touching the midpoint of the right forearm instead of resting the right elbow on
the back of the left hand. Lots of us just "spell" D-A-Y.
Since many "Hearing" people have a phobia about fingerspelling you are
likely to see some people using the sign "REMEMBER" + DAY to mean "Memorial Day."
I don't have a problem with that--but I recommend you stick with the
See: Animation: Remember
As I rehearse the concept "Memorial Day" I notice myself doing a
lexicalized spelling version that feels a lot like "email" but
starting with an M. This is obviously due to the fact that I
used to do the "fingerspelled" version of email about a zillion
times a day.
Also, yet another way to sign "Memorial Day" is to do the sign for
"REVIEW-("look-back") and then add the sign for "DAY" or spell
D-A-Y. I haven't posted that version yet, but it is out there
in the community.
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