WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Americans throughout the United States are celebrating Memorial Day Monday, and to honor the holiday here are some facts to educate you on the history of this special day.
- Many people know this day as Memorial Day, but it's formally known as Decoration Day.
- The city of Waterloo, N.Y. claimed to have celebrated the first Memorial Day May 5, 1866. The federal government assigned Waterloo as the official birthplace of the holiday in 1966.
- Memorial Day was first celebrated only on May 30, but was changed to the last Monday in May by Congress in 1971.
- The holiday is often confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates all U.S. military veterans. Memorial Day honors those who have died serving in the U.S. military.
- At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance is honored, which was passed by Congress in 2000. Americans are encouraged to take a moment of silence, which honors those who have died in service.
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