As you prep for the holiday weekend, look back at the history of Memorial Day through old and new images.
A soldier plays taps at the end of Memorial Day services in Margraten, Holland, 1947. Memorial Day, a federal holiday once known as Decoration Day, is always held on the final Monday in May.
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"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is first published, the Brooklyn Bridge opens, Major League Baseball gets lit up, Bob Dylan is born, and "Thelma & Louise" and "Braveheart" premiere in theaters, all on this day.