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MEMORIAL DAY - Decoration Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of the soldiers of the Civil War. Flowers and other decorations were to be placed on the graves. The alternative name Memorial Day, began being used in 1882. After World War I, observances began for all those that had died in all American wars. In 1968, congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved the dates of three holidays to a specified Monday. These holidays were Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May. The law took effect in 1971. Today, on Memorial Day, a small American flag is placed on each grave at Arlington National Cemetery and it is customary for the president or vice president to give a speech in honor of the contributions of those that have died to protect our freedoms and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Many people all over America visit cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. ET. Another tradition is to fly the flag at quarter staff from dawn until noon, local time.
FLAG DAY (June 14) - The Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States on Jun 14, 1777. Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress in August, 1949.
INDEPENDENCE DAY (July 4th) - Commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from Great Britain. The first recorded use of the name Independence Day occurred in 1791. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870, and a paid federal holiday in 1931.
VETERANS DAY - President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day to be November 12, 1919. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of The Armistice. Congress passed a resolution in 1926, requesting that November 11, be the appropriate day for ceremonies and an Act in 1938, made the date a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated. Al King, a Kansas shoe store owner, wanted to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. A bill was later passed by congress and signed into law in 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans" Day. Starting in 1971, in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11.