June 17, 2024

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How to fly the American flag on Memorial Day

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(NEXSTAR) — Memorial Day has a relatively simple purpose: honor those who have died in American wars. What isn’t as simple is how the American flag should be flown to mark the holiday. 

Three years after the Civil War ended, Decoration Day was established. It was intended as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It was later set for May 30 to correspond with flowers being in bloom. Years later, the holiday would be renamed Memorial Day.

According to the VA, while about 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, the official birthplace was declared Waterloo, New York, by Congress and President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. A ceremony was held there on May…

Addy Bink

2024-05-27 07:28:03

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