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City of Seattle offices are closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day

City of Seattle offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On-street parking is free in Seattle on Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Please travel safely and enjoy the holiday weekend as you reflect on those who served our great country.

3d U.S. Infantry (Old Guard) soldiers place flags at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, 2016. Over 230,000 American flags are placed at each headstone in ANC before Memorial Day each year. (U.S. Army Photo by Rachel Larue)

Monday is a federal holiday in which we honor the those who have died while serving in the United States military. Originally Memorial Day began as an event honoring Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War.  After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action. Initially titled Decoration Day, after World War II the day became known as Memorial Day.