Memorial Day: A history in pictures

Published On: May 24 2012 11:15:22 AM CDT   Updated On: May 29 2016 11:34:00 PM CDT

As you wrap up the holiday weekend, look back at the history of Memorial Day through old and new images.

Memorial Day - Poppies
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Some Americans wear red poppies on Memorial Day, a tradition started by poet Moina Michael, who was inspired by the poppies John McCrae wrote about in his ode to World War I, "In Flanders Fields." She began to sell red poppies to raise money to to benefit servicemen in need.

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