Yes, this is a “rerun,” but it remains true today!
Even the name of the holiday practically begs us to remember. Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day,” was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, as an effort to honor those who fell during the Civil War. In his General Order No. 11, Logan declared this, “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.” The date was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
As one US Representative said, “137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a…
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