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Memorial Day: It’s Not About the Start of Summer

Memorial Day is a time to remember military men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the federal holiday is that people think it’s a day for Military Veterans who are still alive. “Memorial Day is not for Veterans, it’s not for people in the military, it’s for the people who didn’t come home,” said Jerry, who fought in the Korean War.

This year Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 28. It was initially called Decoration Day , and it was celebrated shortly after the Civil War.

In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday .

To celebrate Memorial Day, some people visit military cemeteries, memorials or they take part in parades within their communities. While others consider the day as the “unofficial start of summer.”

So, how are you celebrating Memorial Day this year?

Additional reporting by Bo Evans