Memorial Day [infographic]

May 30, 2011 |  by  |  Holiday
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Happy Memorial Day! As many of you know today the United States of America celebrates Memorial Day. However, what is this holiday truly for? Is it just another excuse for companies to put things on sale? While it may seem like that today, it was originally celebrated to remember the fallen soldiers.

Originally popular among formerly enslaved African-Americans as a way to remember the fallen soldiers of the Union, 1868 marked the first Memorial day. Not until after World War I and the decision to have the holiday as a memorial to all fallen American soldiers did everyone begin to celebrate Memorial day. Not only do we use Memorial day as a way to remember our fallen, but it strangely is also the weekend with the highest death toll in America.

Whether you are patriotic or not our soldiers deserve our respect and thanks today. After all it is because of them that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have come to take for granted today. Enjoy today and be safe! [via]

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History of Memorial Day

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