Memorial Day Facts You Should Know

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Here are a couple of pertinent Memorial Day facts, just ignore the typos.

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(CNN) — Here’s a look at what you need to know about Memorial Day, a day honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars.

This year Memorial Day is May 27, 2013.

Other Facts:
Celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day but Congress declared Waterloo, NY, to be the birthplace of the holiday in 1966.

Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865).

The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States.

It is also called Decoration Day.

Timeline:
May 5, 1866 – Residents of Waterloo, New York observe a Memorial Day in honor of all who died during the Civil War. Businesses are closed and soldiers’ graves are decorated.

1868 – General John Alexander Logan officially proclaims May 30, 1868 as Memorial Day in…

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