By Amy Roberts and Lindsey Knight, CNN Library
updated 6:06 PM EDT, Fri May 25, 2012
Washington (CNN) — As the country heads into the Memorial Day weekend, there are still almost 1.5 million U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in war zones or combat missions worldwide, and the 3,000th coalition service member, a U.S. sailor, has died in Afghanistan.
So far, more than 6,400 U.S. servicemen and Read More
A Brief History of Memorial Day
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.