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A Day to Remember

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Andrew P. and Dylan K.

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Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is an American federal holiday honoring those who died while serving the U.S. military. This year, Memorial Day is on the upcoming Monday, May 28. During this day, many Americans visit cemeteries or memorials, gather with their family, and participate in parades. Memorial Day parades are hosted each year in cities and towns across the United States, often alongside military personnel and veterans.

On April 1865, the commemorations were widespread due to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Memorial Day started on May 5, 1868 after the civil war with the challenge: how to remember and dedicate 625,000 dead soldiers. During the Civil War, the North officially created the Memorial Day holiday. The same year, the federal government began the creation of national military cemeteries for those who died. On May 30, thousands of people in countless cities celebrated funeral events and by the 1870s, everyone was part of the ritual. Major General John A. Logan declared that Memorial Day, or Decoration day, should be held on May 30. On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson designated an “official” birthplace of the holiday and signed the presidential proclamation.

Veterans have fought to bring peace on our country so it is our duty to show respect by honoring them in the Memorial Day. Thankyou to all who have served!

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