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When was the first Memorial Day?

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

148 years ago today, the U.S. recognized Memorial Day for the first time.

It was called, "Decoration Day" at the time.

The head of an organization of Union veterans created it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of soldiers with flowers. It is believed May 30th was picked because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Arlington National Cemetery was home to the first large ceremony.

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