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Memories of service: sharing stories of those who served their country




Sgt. Iwona Kosmaczewska (L) and Pvt. 2 Wesley Defee (R), members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, place flags at the headstones of U.S. military personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day May 25, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
Sgt. Iwona Kosmaczewska (L) and Pvt. 2 Wesley Defee (R), members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, place flags at the headstones of U.S. military personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day May 25, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
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Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first widely recognized in 1868 as a way to honor those who died fighting in the Civil War.

After World War I, it grew to be a celebration to honor those lost in all U.S. wars and officially became a federal holiday 1971, when it was designated to the last Monday of May.

In honor of Memorial Day, AirTalk asks listeners to share stories of service. When was the first time a loved one told you about their time in the military? Is there a specific story that touched you? If you are a veteran, who do you honor on Memorial Day?

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