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2016 Memorial Day …

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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.In 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and as a federal holiday.i

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Take a moment to remember the original reason for Memorial Day and the men and women who gave their lives for our country.

Have a great Memorial Day and enjoy the weekend whatever you’re doing.

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Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “2016 Memorial Day …

  1. I always wonder if a local TV station took a crew to a corner and asked people what this three day weekend was for what answers would be given. Start of the summer? Start of camping season? Good beach weekend? Most people don’t really treat it like the solemn event it is but the rest of us will fly the flag for all of us. 🙂

    • I’ve wondered the same thing. I’ve noticed though that a lot more attention is given to the meaning of Memorial Day.

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