Memorial Day

Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery 2011, by Celine Aussourd via Flickr

Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery 2011, by Celine Aussourd via Flickr

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, and honors American men and women who died in military service to their country. It was started to honor Union soldiers who died during the Civil War, but now includes those who died in any war or military action. Many towns hold Memorial Day parades and many people visit cemeteries and memorials.

  • Memorial Day — Facts, features, poetry, quizzes and more from the InfoPlease website
  • U. S. Memorial Day — David Merchant creates this site “to help promote the return of the original intent and meaning back to Memorial Day [and] to be a central point for finding information on the day.”
  • Soldiers’ Memorial Day — From the American Memory’s Today in History website
  • Arlington National Cemetery — An extensive unofficial site by Michael Patterson
  • National Memorial Day Concert — The PBS website has information about the concert as well as the history of Memorial Day and related subjects, including the 60th anniversary of D-Day.
  • Memorial Day — From the History Channel website

In Flanders Fields

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