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Memorial Day History

From the History Channel, here is a brief article about Memorial Day. This includes the birthplace, early observances, history, and traditions and rituals. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Knight places a flag on a grave at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla., May 25, 2022. Service members and civilians gathered to place thousands of American flags in observance of Memorial Day. | Photo By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary D. Behrend ~ "Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2024 will occur on Monday, May 27.

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. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season." ~

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