Remembering the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Melissa W.
An American holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May each year, Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Observance began following the Civil War, but it was not recognized by the government as a federal holiday until 1971. Despite marking the unofficial start of the summer season, Memorial Day is meant for a day of reflection to remember the lives lost during battles -- many choose to spend the day visiting memorials and gravesites to pay tribute, while many towns host parades to celebrate.

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