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Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a federal holiday in the United States that is observed on the last Monday of May to remember those who have died in military service for the United States.  Memorial Day weekend is seen as the unofficial start of summer.  It is a popular holiday enjoyed with outdoor events and picnics.  Many cities have claimed to have begun Memorial Day, though President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day in May of 1966.  While there is some dispute as to the origin of the day, the first was observed on May 30, 1868, under proclamation by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.  The first observation involved placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  Since 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of the approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  Since 2001, the ‘National Moment of Remembrance Act’ has defined 3pm local time on Memorial Day as the National Moment of Remembrance.  Hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and remember those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can be able to live in the land of the free.

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