Memorial Day. The day to remember all who died in military service to our country. It’s traditions date back to the American Civil War. It wasn’t until World War 1 that the North and South united in its date of observance.
In 1971, Congress changed the date to the last Monday in May with the National Holiday Act, although some still recognize the original date of May 30th. Eight Southern states still recognize a separate date for remembering the Confederate dead.
However you celebrate this weekend, take a moment to remember the families represented by these numbers.
American Revolution (1775) to Present:
848,163 Combat Dead
(deaths during a conflict not combat-related)
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