Since it was first declared a national holiday on May 5, 1868, Memorial Day has come to mean many things for Americans—a three-day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, a trip to the beach, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks. Most important, however, Memorial Day is a time to remember veterans of past and present wars and to honor the sacrifices American soldiers and their families have made for our country. This infographic is a quick history lesson on the origins of Memorial Day.

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