EL Civics for ESL Students

Memorial Day Lesson, Page 2

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Is Memorial Day a federal holiday?

  • Yes, it is.

  • Congress declared it a federal holiday in 1971.

  • Schools, banks, and government offices are closed on Memorial Day.


Civil War Cannon

When did people in the United States first start celebrating Memorial Day?

  • They first started celebrating it after the American Civil War, which was from 1861-1865.


Grave of World War II Soldier

Does Memorial Day honor soldiers from all of America's wars?

  • Yes, it does.

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