Honoring the fallen: A photographic look at Memorial Day from 1868 to the present

Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 9:54 p.m. MDT

Associated Press
Monday, hundreds of thousands of Americans all over the world will pause to remember those who have died in American wars. It's a tradition that began in 1868 and continues with Memorial Day observances today.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time for a minute of silence.

Here's a look at observances of Memorial Day throughout its long history, from back in the 1800s when it was known as "Decoration Day" to the present.

>> An American flag is reflected against the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 25, 1998 in Washington.
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Gregorio
Norco, CA

My dad was a Korean War veteran and our son is an active duty AF pilot. The stars in the flag on the blue represent to our family the states of the union but much more...they represent also the veterans who died and can't be seen during the daytime but like stars are hidden from view until nighttime to remind us they are there if if we can't see them. I like this thought for MD. Freedom is not free but is earned through service and answering the call to duty, for God and country.

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