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Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Photograph by Kat Wade

Photograph by Kat Wade, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

On May 5, 1866, the village of Waterloo, New York was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black, and flowers were placed on the graves of those killed in the Civil War. It was later declared as ‘Decoration Day.’ It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day.

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