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Memorial Day

Memorial Day
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Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (most recently observed May 29, 2006). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

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D Day Memorial

National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia. It commemorates all those who served the United States during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 during World War II. In 1944, Bedford had a population of about 3,200. Because this community proportionally suffered the nationís severest D-Day losses, Congress authorized construction of the memorial in Bedford. According to the memorialís foundation, the memorial is formed of three distinct plazas. The Overlord Arch represents the invasion date of June 6, 1944 at 44 feet and 6 inches tall. The first plaza, the English Garden, symbolizes the planning activities for the invasion through the execution of the order for the invasion. It is in the shape of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) combat patch. The second plaza reflects the landing and fighting stages of the invasion. It includes what is called the invasion pool with obstacles in the water, sculptures of soldiers struggling ashore, and a representation of the Higgins craft used for the invasion. This section includes jets of water rising from the pool replicating the sights and sounds of gunfire. The names of the United States' losses appear on the west wall of the central plaza, the Allies' losses on the east. In the spirit of Dwight Eisenhower's one-team command philosophy for the AEF, no other distinctions are made. The last and uppermost plaza represents victory and includes the twelve flags of those Allied nations that served in the Allied Expeditionary Force. Dedicated in 2001, over 750,000 people have visited the site.

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