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Good Question :How many people really know why we celebrate Memorial Day?


Memorial Day, it use to be known as Decoration Day, simply because that's what you did you decorated the graves of those men and women who died serving our country.

Good Question: Louisa in Lexington writes: How many people really know why we celebrate Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is celebrated each May on the last Monday of the month.

The day is commemorated by ceremonies honoring the men and women who died serving our country.

Families place decorations on graves, a simple gesture reminding us all what they gave for our freedom.

Memorial day became a federal holiday in 1971, but its first observance can be traced back to the Civil War.

History has it that in 1868 General John Logan, the commander of the Grand Army of the Republic proclaimed May 30th a day to honor those killed in the Civil War.

Many times decorations are placed on grave markers, and often times you can see poppies.

The vibrant flower became associated with Memorial Day in 1915 when a U.S. professor Moina Michael came up with the idea of wearing red poppies as a symbol to remember World War I veterans.

And finally in 2000 a resolution was passed as a way to re-educate Americans on the day.

The resolution asks people to stop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to stop and pay tribute.

In 1999 a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to restore Memorial day back to May 30th, no action has ever been taken.


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