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WATCH: The history of Memorial Day

WATCH: The history of Memorial Day

MEMORIAL DAY:In this photo made with a fisheye lens, a lone floral arrangement sits next to Elmer W. Pemble's headstone at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla. The cemetery will host a Memorial Day ceremony on May 26, with about 400 flags in the "Avenue of Flags" on display along the roadways of the cemetery. The flags were donated by families of deceased veterans. Photo: Associated Press, YouTube/J Pat Carter

There is some dispute on where the first Memorial Day – or Decoration Day – was observed, but it has been held to honor our nation’s fallen heroes since the 19th century. However, it wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, and moved to be celebrated annually on the last Monday in May. Find out the unique history of this All-American holiday.

 

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