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by Deanna Lee Birkholm
May 26th, 2008

Memorial Day 2008


It was May 1868, just three years since the end of the Civil War. Many communities were commemorating the sacrifices of the soldiers who had fought and died on the battlefield. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of former sailors and soldiers) wanted to have all who wanted to honor the Civil War dead to band together on the same day. Thus "Decoration Day" was born.

On May 5th, 1868 General Logan declared in General Order #11, "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. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit."

By the late 1880's many communities across the country were celebrating Decoration Day. After World War I came to an end, people began to observe "Memorial Day" in May for those who had died on the battlefield in any war American soldiers had fought.

In 1971, Congress set aside the last Monday in May to be a new National Holiday. It was to be a day of remembrance for all those men and women who had given their lives in defense of their country. It was officially named "Memorial Day", which is what most had called it for many years.

This year, we celebrate Memorial Day on May 26th. Remember to raise your flags in the morning to half staff, and then at noon raise them the rest of the way until days end.

Let us also remember all those American soldiers who gave their lives for the freedoms we have in this country. We hope that those countries around the world who have their freedom because of our service men and women, will also remember the sacrifices that have been made for them.

To all of you who have worn the uniform of our country, our heartfelt and sincere thanks for your service. Somehow 'Thank You' never is enough. You are all heros. For us, we will never, never, ever forget. ~ The LadyFisher

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