Hanabusa to introduce bill restoring May 30 as Memorial Day

May 30 was Memorial Day until 1968

 UPDATED 11:11 AM HST May 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa announced Wednesday that she was introduce a bill on Capitol Hill  aimed at restoring the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day to May 30 instead  of the last Monday in May.

Hanabusa is scheduled to introduce the bill on Thursday.  She is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

"On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to our fallen heroes who gave their lives to protect our great nation," said Rep. Hanabusa. "This special day was originally observed on May 30th each year, until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 and changed the date to the last Monday in May. Because of this, many Americans have begun to celebrate the long weekend as the beginning of summer rather than honoring those who died courageously in battle."

Hanabusa says restoring the traditional intention of Memorial Day was a cause championed by the late Sen. Daniel Inouye throughout his career.

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