Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial-DayBy: Khanh P. & Nayrovi P.;Staff Writers

            There is a day, where you think that you just get to stay home, but there is more to meet the eye. Do you know what we’re talking about? The federal U.S holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. This year, it is on the 26. While you might be cheering because there is no school, but the actual meaning of it is to remember the men and women who died while serving for the U.S. country.

 

It was formerly known as Decoration Day after the American Civil War. The holiday was established to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers. Every year, people go to cemeteries and memorials in order to honor those who died. Usually, people put an American flag on every grave. Did you know that putting flowers on a soldier’s grave is an ancient custom?

 

Here are some facts about Memorial Day. Over the time, the meaning of Memorial Day has changed. It is now used to commemorate all people in the military service. It is said that on the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at the Arlington National Cemetery, and then everyone helped decorate the graves. Many cities have parades all over the United States.

 

And although Memorial Day is an important holiday, people always find events to have and attend. As we mentioned before, Memorial Day means no school. So, here are some places to go to on memorial day weekend. Many people usually go to the beach. So go to your local beaches and make a  barbeque. Go the the park, a pretty lake or a river. Enjoy your three day weekend. But always make sure to salute the ones who died in the military service to protect the United States!

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