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Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.


Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

How about a little word study on memorial

The Latin root  mem (mind) + - ory (something that serves to) + al (action or process). The y is changed to i with the addition of al and the word means a thing meant to keep in the mind.

Morpheme of the week:  The root LOG

Enjoy this brief video that comes directly from WordBuild Elements Level 1. 
The Greek root LOG
The Greek root LOG

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