For a century after its origins, Memorial Day served as an opportunity to honor those who had served and fallen in America’s wars — from the Civil War up through World War II. But since Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1967, it has increasingly been recognized as much as the official start to the summer vacation season as an opportunity to pay tribute to veterans.
What do you typically do over Memorial Day weekend? Do you or anyone in your family do anything to honor veterans? Do all the “Memorial Day Sales” seem like they’re commercializing what should be a more somber affair? Or are they just to be expected when you have a national three-day weekend?
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