9 facts every American should know about Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this Monday. My tween is excited about marching in the local parade with her junior high band. Beyond the concerns that come with sixth graders trying to walking in a straight line while playing instruments, the holiday means cook outs and pool openings and the unofficial kick off of summer. Memorial Day, however, is about much more than that.

Scroll through the gallery below to learn facts about Memorial Day, a day for the United States to honor those in the military who have given their lives defending it. Learn more about its origin and its celebration and not only impress your friends and family at the cook out, but give thanks for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

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