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History of Memorial Day: Free research on American soldiers in major wars

History of Memorial DayDo you know the history of Memorial Day? Founded in 1868 under the name Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day was intended to honor those soldiers who had fought in the American Civil War by decorating their graves. Since then, the event has expanded to honor veterans of any wars fought by American soldiers. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday and scheduled for the last Monday of May. In honor of American soldiers and Memorial Day, we at Questia are sharing five free resources for the top research topics about American soldiers. You can also check out Questia’s other sources on the U.S. Revolutionary War, the U.S. Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Read more

Memorial Day holiday returns to a tradition of remembrance and gratitude to those who serve our nation

Memorial Day civic ceremony

Memorial Day civic ceremony

The nation will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2012 as the official kick-off for summer. Lest we forget, however, the holiday was created in remembrance of those who died in military service to our country. The original holiday, known as Decoration Day, was declared by General John A. Logan, national commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, on May 5, 1868 to honor those who died during the Civil War. The first Memorial Day tradition was celebrated with the placing of flowers on the graves of the war dead in Arlington National Cemetery. Read more