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"Memorial Day is a United States public holiday that takes place on the last Monday of May." (Wikipedia)



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(Updated on 10/05/2016



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Resource pages :

  • Fact Sheet - America's Wars
    "From the Department of Veterans Affairs, a list of all wars America has been involved in since 1775 through 2006.
    Statistics include the total of service members, battle deaths, and wounded."


History :

  • Memorial Day: Family of Lost WW II Flier Brings His Story to Life - Text + Audio + Video - 27 May 2018
    "Recently a group that searches for lost military members discovered a plane wreck in the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea.
    The discovery adds and important part to the life story family members of one of the plane’s crew has written."


  • Wall of Flowers Honors True Meaning of Memorial Day - Text + Audio + Pictures - 25 May 2018
    "For three days, visitors can see a clear wall filled with red poppies.
    The flowers are to honor the men and women who died while serving the United States in conflicts since World War I.
    Together, more than 645,000 red poppies are on the grounds of the National Mall this weekend."


  • Memorial Day: A Former Prisoner of War Remembers Vietnam - Text + Audio + Video - 28 May 2017
    "As Americans observe Memorial Day, a former U.S. Air Force captain recalls his experiences in the Vietnam War.
    Today, he tells people “We should forget, forgive and love our enemies”."


  • Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery - Text + Audio + Photos - 29 May 2016
    "Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there."




  • Rolling Thunder is "a United States advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war (POWs)
    and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars. The group's first demonstration was in 1988.
    It was incorporated in 1995, and has more than 90 chapters throughout the US, as well as overseas.
    Their main annual event occurs on the Sunday before Memorial Day, in which members make a slow ride on a dedicated, closed off, pre-set route,
    called Ride to the Wall in Washington D.C., referring to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, also called the Ride for Freedom,
    which leaves the Pentagon parking lot at noon, crosses the Memorial Bridge, and ends at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.[1][2]..."

    Motto: We will not forget


    • Rolling Thunder Ride
      It "is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C.  Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events."

      See the photos.


  • Memorial Day 1911-1929 "is a photo gallery from The LA Times." (

  • Memorial Day "is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011).
    Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.[1]
     First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War,[2] it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars...
    Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not.
    It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 auto races..."





  • Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery - Text + Audio - 27 May 2015
    "Memorial Day is a national holiday observed in theUnited States on the last Monday in May...
    Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there."


  • Memorial Day Honors Soldiers Who Died for America - Article + Photos + Audio
    "Memorial Day honors all of those who have died in America's wars. But the holiday began as a way to remember soldiers killed in the Civil War."


    "A Soldier with the 3rd Infantry Regiment guards the Tomb
    of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery."


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Lesson plans :

  • Japanese WW2 soldiers found in jungle - with AUDIO
    - with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."






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Poems :

  • Printable Memorial Day Poems
    Americans in Strength, An Old Wooden Chair, God Bless Our Native Land, Home of the Brave, One Nation Under God,
    Purple Heart, That Fateful Fourth, The American Hero, Their Courage, They Keep Us Free, This Land We Love,
    Those Who Dare Fight, What Heroes Gave, The Unknown Soldier and I Stand Before You.




Songs :

  • Four Blank Slates by David Rovics (YouTube) + LYRICS (
    "Beside an unused union hall
    And an abandoned factory
    By the Allegheny River
    In another rust belt city
    You can see the well-dressed families
    On Memorial Day
    Reading the names on the walls
    Of all those who went away..."



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Memorial Day



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