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Memorial Day: The Making of an American Holiday

MEMORIAL DAY THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY MEMORIAL DAY IS ABOUT MORE THAN COOKOUTS It is a day of remembrance for people who have died in military service It emerged in the wake of the Civil War and helped bring a fractured country back together Today, the day both honors military members who died in battle and marks the unofficial kickoff of summer FROM DECORATION DAY TO MEMORIAL DAY Decoration Day began in 1868 It was founded by the Grand Army of the Republic-a Union soldier organization-in Decatur, IL It was a national day to decorate the graves of Union soldiers with flowers and flags The first Decoration Day was May 30, since that date did not coincide with any major war battle 30 By 1890, allI Northern states recognized Decoration Day, while the Southern states had similar remembrances for the Confederate dead The South began celebrating the same Decoration Day as the North after WWI At that time, the day became about all people who died in military service, instead of just the Civil War After WWII, Decoration Day began to be more commonly called Memorial Day The term "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882 FORMALIZING THE HOLIDAY In 1967, federal law formalized the name of the holiday as Memorial Day In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved Memorial Day to the last Monday of May to create a 3-day weekend Some people complained that this cheapened the meaning of the holiday In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance was passed, requesting that all Americans pause at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day to pay silent respect to those who gave their lives PROVIDED BY: PENNINGTON CREATIVE PENNINGTONCREATIVE.COM SOURCES:

Memorial Day: The Making of an American Holiday

shared by PenningtonCreative on May 26
Memorial Day emerged in the wake of the Civil War as Decoration Day—a day of remembrance for lost Union soldiers. In the decades since then, this holiday has evolved to commemorate the soldiers who ...


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