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Mon, May 27

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday in May. This year, it takes place on May 27. The day is dedicated to all the men and women in the U.S. military who died fighting for every American’s freedom and the whole nation’s peace, unity, and order.

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May 27, 2024, 12:00 AM

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Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday in May. This year, it takes place on May 27. The day is dedicated to all the men and women in the U.S. military who died fighting for every American’s freedom and the whole nation’s peace, unity, and order. The day originated years after the American Civil War and became an official holiday in 1971. It’s a day for every American to pray for peace, visit cemeteries and memorials, hold family gatherings, or participate in parades to commemorate the American heroes who lost their lives in service.

The first official National Decoration Day was held in 1868 when U.S. President James Garfield made a speech in Arlington National Cemetery. He explained the essence and importance of this commemoration. It was attended by 5,000 people who decorated 20,000 graves with flowers.

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