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Sunday Serenade: Taps

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was started in 1868 to honor soldiers who had died in the American Civil War. While many towns and cities held their own remembrances, General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, was the first to proclaim a national day of honor. In a gesture of reconciliation, graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers were to be visited and decorated with flowers.

After World War I, Decoration Day became “Memorial Day” and expanded to include those who died in World War I and subsequent wars. Inspired by Canadian soldier John McCrae’s  poem In Flanders Fields (“In Flanders fields the poppies grow between the crosses, row on row…”), poppies became associated with Memorial Day after 1915. The VFW and other groups sold poppies for people to wear on their lapels, with the money going toward relief for needy servicemen, war widows, and orphans.

Memorial Day was held on May 30, until changed to the last Monday in May with the National Holiday Bill in 1971.

For more information about and ideas for observing Memorial Day, visit usmemorialday.org.

Remember the fallen.



One Response to Sunday Serenade: Taps

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    Jennifer Rova says:

    Unfortunately, we keep sending service people “to the front” like the caption on the picture says. How idiotic are we humans to order one person to shoot another in the name of geography or politics? Those who follow the orders are tremendously brave and I thank every service-man and -woman who protect all my freedoms. It seems a necessary evil.

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