Memorial Day is an important holiday to commemorate the men and women of the armed forces who have given their lives to serve their country.
Initially known as Decoration Day, the day became an official holiday after the Civil War – in the north, the holiday is officially observed since 1868, while in the south the tradition began in 1866. The first time and place where the day was observed was in 1861 in Warrenton, Virginia, but the location designated as the origin of the tradition is Waterloo, New York. The name Memorial Day was first used in 1882 and it gradually replaced the term Decoration Day until it became the official name of the celebrations all over the country in 1967.
Decoration Day was initially observed by going the cemeteries where the country’s heroes were buried and by decorating their graves with flowers. Today the traditional way to observe the day is by flying the national flag, by visiting cemeteries and memorial buildings as well as with military parades and marches. In our time, Memorial Day is among the most important holidays to commemorate the country’s past as well as the unofficial starting day of the tourist season, with many people setting off on excursions to visit natural landmarks.
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