Memorial Day
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Memorial Day or sometimes known as Decoration Day, is a holiday to honor
servicemen who died in
U.S Wars.

History of Memorial Day
Since 1971, Memorial Day has been a federal holiday, observed on the last
Monday in May. Parades, speeches, ceremonies and prayer honor those who
have died serving the United States in a war. The observance began, though, as
a tribute specifically to the fallen of the Civil War (1861-65). Some 25 towns,
many in the South where the majority of Civil War soldiers died, have claimed
title to the first Memorial Day celebration, among them Richmond, Virginia;
Macon and Columbus, Mississippi; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale,
Illinois.

In 1868 Illinois-born U.S. Congressman Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, commander
of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union Civil War
veterans) declared May 30 a day for “decorating the graves of comrades who
died in defense of their country during the late rebellion... and whose bodies
now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land". His
proclamation was for that year only, but communities around the country
continued to hold Memorial Day ceremonies on May 30. Logan, whose
congressional career included serving in the House of Representatives as well as
two terms in the Senate, was interested only in recognizing the Union dead. Yet
within a few years, animosity had waned and flowers decorated the graves of
those from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Not until after World War 1 was the day’s purpose broadened to include the
dead of all American wars. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared
Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo’s May 5,
1866, ceremony may not have been the first, but it was a formal, community
wide event with businesses closing and flags flying at half-mast, and it was not a
onetime celebration.
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“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee”
~ (John Donne)
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Memorial Day Today
Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery, as it was in
1868, with about 5,000 people attending. Small American flags are placed on
each of the 290,000 graves.

Celebrations in a variety of forms take place.
Flag raising ceremonies,
luncheons, dinners, guided tours through cemeteries, Lincoln impersonators
giving speeches,
graveside services are
just a few of the way people
commemorate the dead.

Informally, Memorial Day kick starts
summer for many Americans, who plan
outdoor activities around the three-day
weekend. However, the festivities usually
also include parades and ceremonies of
remembrance.
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