Remembering the Fallen: A Brief History of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is about more than going out boats and grilling out. The day actually has a long history dating back to the Civil War.

The U.S. Department of Veterans website says a few years after the end of the Civil War, May 30th was established as “Decoration Day.” It was initially a day to decorate veterans graves with flowers.

Then,  in 1971 Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday and placed on the last Monday in May.

 In December 2000, the president signed into law the national Moment of Remembrance act, encouraging all Americans to pause for a minute of silence at 3 pm local time to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

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