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Monday March 19th 2018



What Does Memorial Day Mean to Americans. . .


Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day started after the American Civil War to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers who died while serving in the armed forces. Before the war ended, women from both sides decorated the graves of fallen soldiers, but there was no official day for recognition.

Toward the end of the war, following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in April of 1865, there were many more ceremonies held to honor fallen soldiers. The first widely publicized commemoration was held in May of 1865 in Charleston, SC. But Boalsburg, PA, claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, having started decorating soldiers’ graves in 1864. By 1868, May 30 was selected as Decoration Day and ceremonies at hundreds of cemeteries were held across the United States.

By the end of World War II, the holiday expanded to honor all soldiers who died while serving in the United States’ armed forces. Memorial Day was declared the official name in 1968, but it wasn’t until 1971 that the law went into effect to move the holiday to the last Monday in May, resulting in a three-day weekend.

Each person has memories of Memorial Day events that made the day special to them.  Individuals want to pay homage to loved ones lost and remember the wonderful experiences that they shared with that person.  Soldiers that have forfeited their lives in protecting our country need to be recognized.  All of these are powerful reasons to justify the act of laying flowers on a loved ones grave.  So all of us need to notice the memories and thank God that we have the freedom to do this.


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