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With Memorial Day coming-up later this month, I thought it would be useful to create another “The Best…” list.

An obvious starting place is my previous The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day.  In addition to the resources found there, though, here are my choices for The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day (that are accessible to English Language Learners):

EL Civics has a good Memorial Day Lesson.

The History Channel has a good Memorial Day site.

ESL Holiday Lessons is a good resource that provides audio support for the text.

Memorial Day 2009 is a series of photos from the Big Picture.

Memorial Day Observations is a slideshow from The New York Times.

The Great Unknowns is a New York Times graphic.

Memorial Day through the years is a Washington Post slideshow.

The choreography of the changing of the guard is another Washington Post slideshow.

Flags placed at headstones for Memorial Day is yet another Wash Post slideshow.

Nation celebrates Memorial Day is a slideshow from The Washington Post.

Memorial Day Tributes Around the World is a TIME slideshow.



CNN has several videos and a good article here.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day is a slideshow from TIME.

Source: census.gov

Here are 16 Memorial Day infographics.

100 Faces, 100 Hours is a CNN interactive.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Native American veterans push for recognition is from Fox News.

Readers’ Memorial Day Rituals is from The New York Times.

A Day for Remembering
is a slideshow from The New York Times.

Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers is from Edutopia.

Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day is from NPR.

Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army’s Only Latino Unit is also from NPR.

Celebrating Memorial Day and Looking Ahead is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Presidential Proclamation — Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2014
is from The White House.



The First Memorial Day is by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.

Memorial Day: 7 Historical Facts About the Holiday is from Live Science.

American Memorial Day is by Wendi Pillars.

The Greatest Sacrifice – A Lesson Plan for Veterans Day is from PBS.

How African-Americans in South Carolina invented Memorial Day is from Vox.

Sacrifices Set in Adorned Stone is a photo gallery from The New York Times.

A Real Story of Memorial Day is from The Atlantic.

Every American war death since 1914, in one chart is from Vox.

The First Decoration Day is from The Zinn Education Project.

100 faces, 100 hours is a CNN interactive.

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day? is from TIME.

Get it straight: The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is from CNN.

Where You Live May Reveal How You’re Spending Memorial Day is from NBC News.

Read Write Think has a Memorial Day activity.

Forgetting Why We Remember is from The New York Times.


Memorial Day Tributes Honor Fallen Servicemen is a photo gallery from NBC News.

On Memorial Day, Latino Veterans Honor Fallen Friends, Family is from NBC News.

The Hidden Roots of Memorial Day is from KQED.

Memorial Day: The number of Americans who have died in battle since the Revolutionary War is from The L.A. Times.

Memorial Day: A Former Prisoner of War Remembers Vietnam is from Learning English: Voice of America.

100 Years of Memorial Day Commemorations is from the NY Times.

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