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Memorial Day otherwise known as Decoration Day is a day to remember those fighters who have died fighting for our country. A day to remember and honor our dead soldiers who are our pride. It is observed across the US on the last Monday in May. This information-rich power point walks you through the history & facts pertaining to the Memorial Day. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: USA Memorial Day History & Facts

US Memorial Day History and Facts Presented by
I have long believed that sacrifice is the
pinnacle of patriotism. Bob Riley
Slide 2 What is Memorial Day?
  • A day for remembering and honoring all the
    American soldiers who died while serving for
    their nation the United States of America.
  • At present, Memorial Day is observed on the last
    Monday of May every year and is a federal holiday.

Slide- 3 The Decoration Day
  • The Memorial Day was originally known as the
    Decoration Day.
  • The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30th,
  • The day of observance was proclaimed by Gen. John
    A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic.
  • Initially, Memorial Day was started to honor the
    military personnel who sacrificed their lives in
    the Civil War from 1861-1865.
  • In the first Decoration Day, 5000 participants
    joined in decorating the graves of 20,000 Union
    and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National

Slide 4 Timeline of Events
  • May 5, 1866 Waterloo was the first to celebrate
    the Memorial Day in honor of the soldiers died in
    the Civil War.
  • 1868 Official proclamation of May 30th, 1868 as
    the Memorial Day.
  • 1868 The US Congress passed the Uniform Monday
    Holiday Act with the proposal to make last
    Monday in May as Memorial Day.
  • 1868 The purpose of the proposal was to create
    a three-day weekend holiday for federal
  • 1873 - New York was the first among all to
    designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday.
  • 1966 - The US federal government declared
    Waterloo and New York to be the official
    birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • 1971 The change in terms of shifting Memorial
    Day from 30th May to last Monday in May comes
    into effect.
  • 2000 - President Bill Clinton designates 300
    p.m. local time to be the National Moment of
    Remembrance in every Memorial Day.

Slide 5 What led to the observance of Memorial
  • It came into effect as a response to the death of
    620,000 soldiers during the Civil War.
  • The massive loss of life led to the emergence of
    spontaneous commemorations for those who lost
    their lives.
  • The aftermath of the War led to the establishment
    of the countrys first ever national crematory
  • Americans all across various states and towns
    started to conduct local observance by holding
    springtime tributes for the fallen soldiers

Memorial Day Traditions
  • The United States host parades across cities and
    towns on the Memorial Day.
  • Many military personnel and leaders take part in
    the Memorial Day parade.
  • Americans visit cemeteries and memorials.
  • People decorate the graves with flowers and

Slide 7 Wishing All Happy Memorial Day
  • Let Us Pledge to Honor
  • Our Fallen Heroes
  • Not Just Today
  • But Everyday.

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