Every city has a special area called “The Eternal Flame,” where people gather to pay tribute to those who gave their lives during the WWII. In Kyiv this area is located near the famous WWII museum and the Motherland Monument.

Citizens of the United States have a similar federal holiday. The last Monday of May is devoted to Memorial Day. Originally established as Decoration Day and intended to honor soldiers who perished in the U.S. Civil War, it now commemorates all U.S. soldiers who died during military service. This year Memorial Day is observed on May 30.

Typical observance of Memorial Day is not limited to honoring only those Americans who served in the armed forces. It is also a day for personal remembrance. Families and individuals honor the memories of their loved ones who have died.

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