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 Memorial Day Traditions
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Memorial Day is a United States holiday that happens on the last Monday of May. It is a day originally dedicated to honor soldiers who died while in military service, but has also developed into an occassion for more general expressions of memory and family get-togethers. Here are some of our traditions and others we've heard of.

Decorate graves of loved ones and war heroes with flowers and notes. This is the root of this holiday and has been observed since the first known date of this holiday in 1866. Bring flowers and make a note, or create paper flowers with DoodleBats if the cemetery allows it.

Read and remember family history. Our family has a fabulous book of photos and stories my dad put together about our family history. I love looking through it, and making some new pages of my own thoughts from what I remember of my ancestors. Make pages for a scrapbook about your grandparents and their legacy.

Gather with extended family for dinner or barbecue. This is always a fun event. Make it even more anticipated with creative invitations, table and/or food labels.

Observe the National Moment of Remembrance. In accordance with a congressional resolution passed in 2000, Americans pause wherever they are at 3 pm local time for a moment of silence to remember and honor the fallen.

Attend Memorial Day Parades. Check your local papers and calendars to see if there are any parades in your area. Bring an American flag to wave as the veterans pass.

Wear a Memorial Day Poppy. This tradition was inspired by the beautiful 1915 poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrea. Read the poem and if you have access to one, wear a silk poppy.

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