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What year did the US begin celebrating Memorial Day as an official holiday?

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June 26, 2012 8:37AM

Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) was first observed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by most of the northern states. The southern states did not recognize the holiday until after World War I.