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History of Memorial Day
Transcript of History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day started 3 years after the Civil War ended, on May 5,1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans (the Grand Army of the Republic/ GAR) made Declaration Day as a time for the nation to decorate graves of war dead with flowers. John A. Logan established that Declaration Day would be celebrated on May 30. People think that the date was chosen because flowers would all over the country.
What is Memorial Day?
What are Red Poppies?
Red Poppies are flowers that are red & they have become a symbol of remembering the soldiers who died during wartime.
When did Memorial Day become a national holiday?
In 1967, after the Second World War , the US federal law officially called the day "Memorial Day". In the next year, on June 28, the US Congress the Uniform Holiday's Bill. In the year 1971, the bill was passed down & made a federal law. It became a national holiday ever since.
Memorial Day is a day where people remember those in the active military services who had died. Memorial Day used to celebrated on May 30 but, now it's celebrated on the last Monday of May, some people get Veterans Day & Memorial Day mixed up because they both honor the deaths of active military services but, Veterans Day focuses on the alive ones too.