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Memorial Day is an American holiday. It is celebrated to remember military service members who have died in the line of duty. Towards the late years of the American Civil War (1861-1865), groups of people started decorating the graves of loved ones who had died in battle. The location where it originated is uncertain. It well could have been in either side of The Mason–Dixon line (line that separates the North and the South). On May 5, 1868, General John Logan issued a declaration that Decoration Day should be observed nationwide. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and the Congress of the United States stated that Waterloo was the official birthplace of Memorial Day. The official date of origin was May 30, 1868.

Yesterday, on the 29th May, Memorial Day is celebrated across the United States. Regardless of where it originated, it is an important holiday that remembers those that died for the country, and serves to remind people of the costly price of war.



Memorial Day es una fiesta americana. Se celebra para recordar a los miembros del servicio militar que han muerto en el cumplimiento de su deber. Hacia los últimos años de la Guerra Civil Americana (1861-1865), grupos de individuos comenzaron a decorar las tumbas de sus seres queridos que habían fallecido en la batalla. El lugar donde se originó es incierto y podría haber tenido lugar en cualquier lado la Línea Mason-Dixon (línea que separa el sur del norte). El 5 de mayo de 1868 el General John Logan declaró que el día de las decoraciones debería ser festivo en todo el país. En 1966, el Presidente Lyndon Johnson y el Congreso de los Estados Unidos declararon Waterloo como lugar oficial del nacimiento del Memorial Day y la fecha oficial fue 30 de mayo de 1868.

En la actualidad, el Memorial Day se celebra en todo el territorio nacional de los Estados Unidos. Sin importar donde se originase, es una fiesta importante que recuerda a aquellos que murieron por defender al país, y sirve para recordar el alto precio de la guerra.

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