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Memorial Day holiday returns to a tradition of remembrance and gratitude to those who serve our nation

Memorial Day civic ceremony

Memorial Day civic ceremony

The nation will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2012 as the official kick-off for summer. Lest we forget, however, the holiday was created in remembrance of those who died in military service to our country. The original holiday, known as Decoration Day, was declared by General John A. Logan, national commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, on May 5, 1868 to honor those who died during the Civil War. The first Memorial Day tradition was celebrated with the placing of flowers on the graves of the war dead in Arlington National Cemetery. Read more