Memorial Day event to be held at First Baptist Church Marlin on Monday
Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day across the United States. Memorial Day is a federal holiday and falls on the last Monday of May. The date of the holiday changes each year but always remains on a Monday. The history of Memorial Day dates back to the American Civil War. It started as an event to honor soldiers who had died during the war between the states. It is said to be inspired by the way people in the South honored the dead. The original national celebration was called Decoration Day and took place on 30 May 1868. There were over twenty four cities and towns across the United States that claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but Waterloo, N.Y., was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. In the late 19th century, the holiday became known by its present name, Memorial Day, and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. Originally, the holiday used to be celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week that it fell on. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed and as a result the day changed.
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