Memorial Day 2019

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Memorial Day

 

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 2019 occurs 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.

Early Observances of Memorial Day 

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. 

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.

Memorial Day Traditions 

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C.  

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

 

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Article Title

Memorial Day 

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History.com Editors

Website Name

HISTORY

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https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

Access Date

May 25, 2019

Publisher

A&E Television Networks

Last Updated

May 20, 2019

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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM Thank you, Happy Memorial Day to you as well!

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This would be more appropriate if the word "happy" was removed.

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In honor of ALL....very important inclusion we think !

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Thank you John Pusa 

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Thank you Kat Palmiotti 

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