Memorial Day for those who forget?

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While it is sometimes good to have a day off,

if you are fortunate enough to have a job.

And it is always great to have a celebration with friends and family.

That is if,

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“first, it is a day of remembrance.”

We must always remember the millions of people

around the world

and at home that

can never celebrate any day with anyone ever again,

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because of wars to protect our rights to celebrate.

Memorial Day,

originally called Decoration Day,

is a day of remembrance for those who have died

in service of the United States of America.

Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day

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by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966,

it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear

Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War

and a desire to honor our dead.

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It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868

by General John Logan, national commander

of the Grand Army of the Republic,

in his General Order No. 11.

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers,

or otherwise 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,”

he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because

it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2

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