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Rep. Don Bacon, Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, speaks about the importance of Memorial Day during a Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, Neb., May 28, 2018.
180528-F-SM465-071.JPG Photo By: Steve Cunningham

OMAHA, Neb. - Rep. Don Bacon, Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, speaks about the importance of Memorial Day during a Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, Neb., May 28, 2018. Bacon joined state and national government leaders, veterans and members of the Omaha-area community to commemorate the event. The tradition of honoring fallen war veterans dates back to May 5, 1868, when the head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the military fallen with flowers. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by Congress to be observed on the last Monday of May.


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