Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. (1) By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. (2)
Take time this Memorial Day to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country.
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