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Has begun the month of May, the time for us to memorize the US men and women who passed away in military service for their noble work is approaching. Celebrated on the last Monday In May, Memorial Day or formerly called as Decoration Day has been a yearly tradition to celebrate since 1865. And now, all people all over the US never miss the celebration every May.

How Did the Tradition Begin?

In the end of the Civil War (1865), communities set a day to memorize the end of the war to commemorate those who had died. The first areas who celebrated memorial day are Sharpsburg, Maryland, Charleston, Boalsburg, Richmond, Carbondale, Columbus, many communities in Vermont, and some other cities. The first memorial day itself took place in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston.

And on May 30, 1868, the liberated slaves returned to the graveyard with flowers and decorated the individual gravesites, creating the first Decoration Day. There was also a parade by thousands of liberated Union soldiers done with patriotic singing and picnic. Since then, the Decoration Day or Memorial Day keeps being celebrated yearly.

How Do the US Citizens Celebrate Memorial Day at Present?

Not really changing from the former days, many people still observe this day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, which important moment of the remembrance is at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. There is also another tradition by flying the United States flag half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers also place the US flags on each gravesite at National Cemeteries. Additionally, there have been many Americans using Memorial Day to honor their other family members who have died.

Besides visiting graveyards and flying the United States flag, Memorial Day is celebrated with picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events too. One of the famous sport traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which is an American automobile race located in Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. It has been held related to Memorial Day since 1911.

There are also communities having a ceremony in a church or town memorial park to commemorate the fallen soldiers from the towns they are living in such as police officers or firefighters. They often hold a Memorial Day parade to honor such residents. They also have a picnic barbecue at a local park and invite the whole town to attend.

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~Gabrielle~