Memorial Day observance . . . May 25

   Though most people use the weekend before Memorial Day to mark the beginning of summer with camping and barbecues, the day is actually an American holiday observed to honor men and women who died while serving in the military.

By Lori Kesinger

  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.  Eventually it was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

   Many people visit cemeteries and memorials placing flowers or wreaths in honor of loved ones, even if they were not in military service.

   Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

   Though most people use the weekend before Memorial Day to mark the beginning of summer with camping and barbecues, the day is actually an American holiday observed to honor men and women who died while serving in the military.

  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.  Eventually it was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

   Many people visit cemeteries and memorials placing flowers or wreaths in honor of loved ones, even if they were not in military service.

   Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

      



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