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Memorial Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It is a time to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

We hope all Americans will take a moment this upcoming weekend in between picnics and parades to remember the true meaning behind Memorial Day and remember those that have died, and their loved ones who miss them.

If you would like to read more on the origin and history behind Memorial Day, here are a few links: