Memorial Day

  • Memorial Day,  falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military.

  • Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

  • Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades, and visit there family that had died in the war.

  • By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

  • On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month.

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Memorial Day History

History of Memorial Day

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