Memorial Day

Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Joe Rosenthal Wide World/Associated Press/Library of Congress

May 27th, the last Monday in May, is Memorial Day. Americans pause to remember and honor those who died defending our country. The observance began at Waterloo, NY on May 5, 1865, as a tribute to Union Soldiers.

For years, Southern states had separate Memorial Days. For example, Tennessee's was June 3.

Memorial Day now honors the dead of all wars in which the United States has fought. Congress declared it a Federal Holiday in 1971. Tennessee is nicknamed the Volunteer State because so many of its citizens have enlisted when needed.

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