The History of Memorial Day and Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and is a United States federal holiday. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it was created to commemorate US soldiers who died while in military service.

Memorial Day is celebrated in different ways by different people. Some visit cemeteries and memorials, while others take time to travel with their loved ones (since the day is often viewed as the beginning of summer vacation).

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