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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is observed on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who were killed in war defending the United States.
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Waterloo, N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day. However it's difficult to confirm the exact origins of the day. Most people agree that it is not important where or when it first started. What is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is about coming together to honor those who gave their lives for their country. The day is celebrated with parades, memorial speeches and ceremonies, and the decoration of graves with flowers and flags. On Memorial Day, the President or Vice President gives a speech and lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
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Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. It is observed either on November 11th or on the fourth Monday of October. Veterans Day honors the men and women who served during wars with the U.S. armed forces. On November 11, 1918, a treaty was signed bringing World War I to an end. November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I. In 1954 the holiday was changed to Veterans Day and declared a National holiday.
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Americans still give thanks for peace on Veterans Day. There are ceremonies and speeches and, in some towns, parades. Throughout the day, many Americans observe a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace.
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American Veterans have established support groups such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. These groups sell paper poppies made by disabled veterans to raise funds for their charitable activities. The poppy is a bright red flower that became a symbol of World War I after a bloody battle took place in a field of poppies in Belgium.
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