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Memorial Day

Memorial Day, formerly known as the Decoration Day, is a national holiday in The United States. This day is celebrated in remembrance of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Memorial day is celebrated on the last monday of May, which is also the day of commencement of all the summer events across the country.  This day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 by decorating the graves of the solders who died in the Civil War, hence known as the Decoration Day. The first celebration was done at Arlington National Cemetery, where 5,000 participants decorated over 20,000 Union and Confederate soldier's graves. The first celebration was inspired by local observances held in various cities that had been celebrating this day three years since the Civil War.
Many cities claim to be the birthplace of this day; however, in 1966, the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo celebrated this day for the first time in May 5, 1866 and continued doing so annually.

The city declared it as an annual community event where the residents would go to the cemetery with pious reverence, and decorated the soldiers' graves with flowers and the national flag.

In 1971 the government declared that the last monday of May, celebrated as Memorial Day, will be a national holiday. After World War I, the day was celebrated to honor each and every soldier who died in any of the wars fought for the nation's honor and security. On Memorial Day, the president, or the vice-president, gives a speech at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Wasington DC. A small American flag is placed on the grave of every soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery. Americans get an extended weekend due to Memorial Day, and the family celebration consists of picnics and barbecues, apart from visits tp the cemetery to honor the dead soldiers.

The day is celebrated in different manners in different cities across the United States. There is sombre celebration in Washington at the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier along with a special presentation at the Lincoln Memorial. Another Memorial Day attraction in Washington DC is the National Concert. This concert is free for all to attend, and is attended by famous musicians and entertainers. In New York City, the Central park Memorial Day fest is held, and is one of the biggest annual events of the city. In San Francisco, the Memorial Weekend Events take place, amongst which the Art Festival is the biggest crowd puller. In contrast, Chicago celebrates the weekend through various remembrance events, such fireworks at the Navy Pier and the turning of the Buckingham Fountain. The city also hosts the Annual Blues Fest in the Grant Park, which comes alive with the music celebrations.

Hence, Memorial Day is a day of varied  moods and  emotions across the country; ranging from pride to grief and from tribute to remebrance. For families, it is day when they come together for a picnic or for barbeques in their back yards celebrating the Memorial Day with spirited enthusiasm. For the families of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives, this day is meant to appreciate their sacrifice and their love for the country.  Above all, the Memorial Day should be celebrated as a day of hope and belief that eventually a day will come when peace will prevail in the country and across the world. This faith ensures that the brave soldiers, who have lost their loves for their country while protecting the nation and fellow citizens, have not died in vain.














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