On Memorial Day, May 29, Take the Time to Remember

Memorial Day, which was formally known as Decoration Day, is annually observed every last Monday of May. Memorial Day commemorates all military men and women who died in combat defending our country. It is also the day where people who served the country are remembered, including those currently in the armed forces, surviving veterans, and those who served and died in all wars.

Historically, Memorial Day started in 1868, when the division of the Grand Army of the Republic demanded that their commander, General John A. Logan, adorn the graves of their fallen war compatriots with flowers. It was an event that began to recognize the Union soldiers, who died in the American Civil War.

We must remember that it can be important for each generation to understand the stories from previous generations in order to understand the horrors of war and the wonders of peace. If possible, take time this Memorial Day to visit local memorials, cemeteries or museums, have a family gathering, or attend a patriotic-themed parade in observance of this special day.

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