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Memorial Day
American War Cemetery

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date General Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. The change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

On Memorial Day weekend, there is an Annual 24-hour Memorial Day Vigil at the war memorial in Cinco Puntos on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights.

Memorial Day Weekend - 5/31/2021
Memorial Day Weekend - 5/25/2020
Memorial Day Weekend - 5/27/2019
Memorial Day Weekend - 5/28/2018
Memorial Day Weekend - 5/29/2017
Memorial Day Weekend - 5/30/2016
Memorial Day Weekend - 5/25/2015
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