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What Does 'Memorial Day' Mean?

According to, Memorial Day is an American holiday observed the last Monday in May to honor men and women who died while serving in the United States military.  This holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, originating soon after the Civil War.  Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Many Americans observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries, parades and family gatherings.  I remember Memorial Day at the little church where two of my grandparents are buried.

                                                                                                          American Flags at Cemetery stock photo

A good article that goes into the background of Memorial Day can be found by clicking here.

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