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History of Memorial Day

LOOK: D.C. Memorial Day Celebrations Throughout The Years

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.23.2013 | DC

For many, Memorial Day is a three-day weekend that serves as the ceremonial start to summer. Many D.C. area residents flock to the beaches in Delaware...

The History Behind Memorial Day

History.com/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics

History.com - Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating t...

A Vanishing American Remembrance?

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

It wasn't until 1968 that Congress made Decoration Day an official U.S. holiday called Memorial Day and then moved its observance to the last Monday in the month to create a three-day holiday weekend.

Memorial Day and Our 'Hidden' Wars

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

Memorial Day comes with dark news: the announcement that the United States military had surpassed more than 1,000 service members killed in Afghanistan since October 7, 2001.