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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, cook-outs, and fun. But when did this all start?

Memorial Day started with people decorating the graves of dead military solders, hence, it was called Decoration Day. Some say that it was first observed on May 30, 1868, after all of the Civil War soldiers had died. Gen. John A. Logan issued the holiday to be observed annually. The first state to proclaim it a state holiday was New York in 1873.

Some people mark it as the unofficial first day of summer. The last Monday of May is the day it is celebrated. People visit veteran cemeteries on the day and many people also have cookouts. So this Memorial Day, you can tell the history of it while you acknowledge and celebrate those who died to save our country.


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