Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Holiday: Memorial Day

Until 1971, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, but the National Holiday Act passed by Congress and signed by President Richard Nixon specified the holiday would fall on the "last Monday in May," assuring workers a three-day weekend.

Believing the date change muted the significance of the holiday, politicians introduced bills in both houses of Congress in 1999 to restore the holiday to its traditional date, but neither bill passed.

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