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Why we celebrate Memorial Day

Flags placed at the USAFA cemetery ahead of Memorial Day
Posted at 10:51 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 00:51:51-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Memorial day is about way more than venturing outdoors to celebrate the unofficial start of Summer. As millions of people come out of coronavirus lockdowns Memorial Day weekend, it's important to reflect on why we observe the holiday.

History.com says Memorial Day originated after the civil war. It was a holiday created to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

It falls on the last Monday in May, and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Americans observe memorial day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, holding family gatherings, and even parades.

This year, marking this holiday has become a challenge for many veterans organizations because of social distancing.

You can still honor our fallen heroes by visiting a cemetery or memorial safely, give a note of thanks to a veteran you know, and parents can even talk to their kids about what veterans have fought for.