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Memorial Day, 5/25
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:38:26 AM »
Let us remember why we in the USA celebrate Memorial Day. Not just another holiday, but a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. 

Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. “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.
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Re: Memorial Day, 5/25
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2015, 02:00:18 AM »
I play alto horn in a textile mill re-enactment band. One of our most important gigs is a Memorial Day observance. It helps me remember that it's NOT all about the beach and cook-outs.

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