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
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Memorial Day Weekend - 5/25/2020
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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Memorial Day Weekend - 5/27/2019
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Memorial Day Weekend - 5/28/2018
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Memorial Day Weekend - 5/29/2017
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The 70th annual 24-hour Memorial Day Vigil at the war memorial in Cinco Puntos on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights

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May 29, 2017
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The 70th annual 24-hour Memorial Day Vigil at the war memorial in Cinco Puntos on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights

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Memorial Day Weekend - 5/30/2016
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Each Memorial Day weekend, at the All Wars Monument at Cinco Puntos –the five-point intersection of Lorena and Indiana Streets with East César Chávez Avenue, on the border of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Veteran Organizations such as Detachment 1347 stands guard for a 24-hour vigil.

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Each Memorial Day weekend, at the All Wars Monument at Cinco Puntos –the five-point intersection of Lorena and Indiana Streets with East César Chávez Avenue, on the border of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Veteran Organizations such as Detachment 1347 stands guard for a 24-hour vigil.

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Memorial Day Weekend - 5/25/2015
Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend.

Each Memorial Day weekend, at the All Wars Monument at Cinco Puntos –the five-point intersection of Lorena and Indiana Streets with East César Chávez Avenue, on the border of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Veteran Organizations such as Detachment 1347 stands guard for a 24-hour vigil.

Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend.

Each Memorial Day weekend, at the All Wars Monument at Cinco Puntos –the five-point intersection of Lorena and Indiana Streets with East César Chávez Avenue, on the border of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Veteran Organizations such as Detachment 1347 stands guard for a 24-hour vigil.

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