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Memorial
Day:
Decorating
Graves

Monday, May 27, 2019 is Memorial
Day, a time for honoring the men and
women who gave their lives while serving in the United States military.
Many Americans across the country
observe this solemn occasion by visiting cemeteries and decorating veterans’ graves with flags and flowers. In
fact, Memorial Day used to be called
Decoration Day.
Decoration Day began several years
after the Civil War ended; a conflict
that claimed more American lives
than any other war in history and led
to the establishment of the country’s
first national cemeteries.
Though it’s unclear where exactly the
tradition of adorning soldiers’ graves
with flowers originated, the city that
gets the credit is Waterloo, New York.
(The town was officially declared the
birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966.)
Starting in May 1866, Waterloo began
hosting an annual community celebration honoring fallen soldiers. During
the event, businesses closed and citizens decorated soldiers’ graves with
flowers.

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