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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States. It is a day to remember those who have died serving our country.

When is it observed?

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. In 2012 this is May 28th. Here is a list of days for this holiday: What do people do?

Different people have different ways of spending the holiday. To those who have had a relative or friend die in service, the day is somber and one of reflection.

Here are some things you can do:
History of Memorial Day

Having a special day to honor fallen soldiers started during the Civil War. It didn't necessarily start in one place as many different communities had different days and ways that they observed the day.

The first time the day was given an official name was in 1868 when Decoration Day was observed on May 30th. Michigan was the first state to make Decoration Day an official holiday in 1871.

Over time the day became known as Memorial Day. After World War II the day was used to honor soldiers who died in all wars, rather than just the Civil War. In 1967 the name of the holiday was officially changed to Memorial Day.

In 1968 a law was passed to change the date of the holiday to the last Monday in May. This was to help create a three day weekend. Today this marks the start of summer for many businesses and many people go to the beach or take other vacations over this weekend.

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