Memorial Day: A history in pictures

Published On: May 24 2012 09:15:22 AM PDT   Updated On: May 25 2015 12:00:00 AM PDT

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

Memorial Day - Clinton
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Concerned that the meaning behind Memorial Day was being forgotten, President Bill Clinton signed an executive order in 2000, asking that "all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal 'National Moment of Remembrance' on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms."

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