MEMORIAL DAY LESSON
Print the the reading
comprehension passage and questions (see
Students should read the story silently,
then answer the questions about the story that follow. Discuss the
answers to the questions with the students.
Excerpt from passage
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. Of course, that means there is no school on that day! But do you know why Memorial Day is a holiday? It began in May 1866, when the city of Waterloo, New York observed a day to honor those who had died while serving the Union in the Civil War. Later the observance expanded to include any veteran who was killed while serving in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was first observed in every state on May 30, 1868. In 1882, people began to refer to Decoration Day as Memorial Day. That name became more and more popular, but it was not until 1967 that the name of the holiday was officially changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. For many decades, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, but in 1968, it was changed to the last Monday in May so that we would have a three-day weekend.
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