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Memorial Day

It's not just for BBQing.

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On May 5, 1868, 3 years after the Civil War, the head of an organization of Union veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

The National Moment of Remembrance was created in December of 2000 by Congress. Americans are "required" to pause at 3 PM on Memorial Day and take a moment of silence to honor the fallen.

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