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 Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a hallowed day to American veterans.


Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. National Moment of Remembrance

Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. 

Americans, pause for one minute on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.  Congressional resolution was passed in 2000

From the following verse, the idea was conceived to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

                         In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915

The ceremony is described on the Next Page