WASHINGTON, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, MAY 28: MEMORIAL DAY
Profile America — Monday, May 28th. Today is Memorial Day, looked on as the start of the summer season, and a time for family gatherings and sporting events. But the true meaning of the day is underlined by the continuing sacrifices made by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and other tense areas. The first official observance of Memorial Day was on this date in 1868, ordered by General John Logan, when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. From the Civil War through Vietnam, some 566,000 U.S. service personnel died in combat, more than half of them in World War II. Across the U.S., there are just under 22 million veterans of the armed forces. Profile America is beginning its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 286
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.23
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 506, 507
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau