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Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originated on May 30, 1868. It is now a day for Americans to commemorate American military personnel who died in all of our wars.
In 1968 Congress passed an Act which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May (to provide for a three-day weekend), which went into effect in 1971.
Many Veterans Service Organizations, however, still recognize and honor our military men and women who died in battle on May 30th.
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