What is Memorial Day? • It is a special day to remember and honor soldiers who died, especially those who died while fighting in a war • Memorial Day is a federal holiday.
We also honor soldiers who are currentlyserving in the armed services: ♦Army ♦ Navy ♦Marines ♦Air Force and the ♦Coast Guard.
When is Memorial Day? • It is on the last Monday in May. • This year 2014, it is on May 26th • May is in the spring.
We celebrate… • Friends and relatives put flowers, wreaths, and flags on the graves of soldiers.
Politicians give speeches • The President of the United States puts a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Soldier. The grave is in Virginia at the Arlington National Cemetery
♦Schools ♦ government offices, ♦ post offices ♦ some stores are closed on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is the start of the summer recreational season in the United States.
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