On Memorial Day we remember the brave men and women who fought and died while serving in the US military.
On this Memorial Day, learn more about your ancestors who served their country by searching millions of military records. MyHeritage is offering free access to millions of military records all weekend, through May 26.
Instituted as a Federal holiday following the Civil War, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, and commemorated Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. A date at the end of May was set for the yearly celebration - believed to have been chosen at a time when flowers would be in bloom all over the country. It was later extended to remember American soldiers who died in all of the wars.
Many people visit cemeteries or memorials, participate in local parades, and spend time with family. It is the first holiday of the season, unofficially marking the beginning of the summer.
Do you have ancestors who fought and died in service? Would you like to learn more about their military history?
Military records are valuable resources which provide insight into the lives of those who served in the armed forces, as well as their families. These records teach us more about our family heritage and are a good way to honor our ancestors' memory and service to their country.
Start searching today for free at www.myheritage.com/memorialday.
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