Civic Value: Sacrifice


Freedom’s Feast has a range of Memorial Day resources to honor the memory of those who died in military service to our country, and to support veterans and those who continue to serve.


Memorial Day began after the Civil War when surviving family members decorated soldiers’ graves. The first national observance took place at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. After World War I, observance grew to include armed forces members who died in all wars. The National Holiday Act of 1971 shifted Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May. The change made Memorial Day a federal holiday and part of a three day weekend that also marks the beginning of summer.


Choose from the resources below to experience the purpose of the holiday, share stories, and pass on lessons you care about as citizens.  We hope you enjoy the holiday!

User-friendly ceremonies to make your holiday more meaningful and memorable

Connect heart, mind, and hands to make a one of a kind holiday keepsake

A range of activities and suggestions to enrich your holiday celebration

Additional resources including holiday timelines, booklists, other websites and more

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