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Memorial Day 2018 - US Happy memorial day

Memorial Day 2018 is on Monday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day 2018, as a formal holiday. It is an American holiday. It is celebrated to remember military service members who have died in the line of duty. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, as the holiday was centered on decorating the graves of those who had fallen in the Civil War.

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Upcoming Dates
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2018Monday, May 28
2019Monday, May 27
2020Monday, May 25
2021Monday, May 31
2022Monday, May 30

History Of The Memorial Day


              There is a much debate as to the location where Memorial Day originated from. Sometime during the late years of the Civil War (1861 - 1865), groups began decorating the graves of their loved ones who had died in battle. Depending on the source, there are perhaps over a dozen of locations, that claim to be the town where the practice began. It is being observed were the birthplace of Memorial Day. Some of these towns are like include Columbus, Mississippi, Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois etc.

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There is evidence that the tradition could have started in towns in either the North or the South. VA.gov states that on April 25, 1866, in Columbus, Mississippi, a local group of women went to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers. They were noticed barren graves of Union soldiers and decided to place the flowers there in their remembrance. Another site, usmemorialday.org, states that a hymn published in 1867 called "Kneel Where Our Loved Ones are Sleeping" carried a dedication "To the Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead". Wikipedia says that by 1865, the practice was already widespread in the North. It is likely that the tradition began in many locations independently, with many variations on the same idea. Over time, as word spread, these traditions could have expanded from town to town.

History Of The Memorial Day

In 1866, a town in New York is called Waterloo. In that town, a drugstore owner named Henry Welles suggested that the town shops close on May 5. To commemorate the soldiers buried at Waterloo Cemetery who had died during the Civil War. Two years later in Waterloo, on May 5,  in 1868, The General John Logan issued a declaration that Decoration Day should be observed nationwide. The declaration said that May 30th would be designated as a day to decorate the graves of "comrades who died in defense of their country." According to History.com, President James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery on that day. In 1966, The President Lyndon Johnson and the Congress of the United States stated that Waterloo was the official birthplace of Memorial Day, and the official date of origin was May 30, 1868.
In 1882, the day named as from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. After World War I, the holiday was expanded to remember soldiers from all American Wars. In 1971, Richard Nixon made Memorial Day as a national holiday, that was to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day Today

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Today is the Memorial Day which is celebrated across the United States. Regardless of where it originated, it is an important holiday that remembers those that died for the country and serves to remind people of the costly price of war. There are many formal ceremonies that take place in observance. Most of these are held in local communities and can be found by contacting a local Veterans of Foreign Wars office or local city government agency. A few traditional events are listed below.


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Laying of the wreath at Arlington Cemetary 



        Frequently, the President of the United States will lay a wreath at Arlington Cemetery on the annual observance of Happy Memorial Day 2018. This will usually be accompanied by a speech.

Remembrance and Moments of Silence 


            People from nationwide will participate in parades and still partake in decorating graves with wreaths or flowers. Many people will pause for moments of silence in memoriam.

Movies to watch on Memorial Day



The Great Escape (1963) - Starring Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Garner
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) - Clint Eastwood
The Dirty Dozen (1967) - Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson
Saving Private Ryan (1998) - Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Paul Giamatti
Memphis Belle (1990) - Sean Astin, Harry Connick Jr.
Platoon (1986) - Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger
Forrest Gump (1994) - Tom Hanks

When is Memorial Day?


Memorial Day is a floating holiday. it always falls on the last Monday of May in the United States.
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