History. "Memorial Day". "Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer." History.com, "Memorial Day".
Proclamation from the President of the United States, 5/25/12. "Our Nation endures and thrives because of the devotion of our men and women in uniform, who, from generation to generation, carry a burden heavier than any we may ever know. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have borne conflict's greatest cost, mourn where the wounds of war are fresh, and p
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day." .... The White House, President Barack Obama, "Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2012." Read the full proclamation.
Related - Huffington Post, Memorial Day Photos around the country, 5/30/11, includes ventage military aircraft video video, 3:34 minutes. CBS News photo gallery.
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