Losing Memorial Day

More than any other year, I feel that the purpose of Memorial Day is being hijacked by the need to party and the media’s need to rewrite history and tradition. The year 1868 was the first time that Decoration Day was widely observed in the United States … a day set aside to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. …

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Decoration Day/Memorial Day

(Originally posted on May 21, 2008) The year 1868 was the first time that Decoration Day was widely observed in the United States … a day set aside to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. In 1882, the name “Memorial Day” began to be used to honor all US soldiers who died in service to their country. The new …

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Remembering Decoration Day

Last year for Memorial Day, I provided my readers with a little history about Decoration Day (now Memorial Day). Today I want to take you back to a Memorial Day in the mid 1970s, in a small town in Michigan. I was in high school and played Clarinet. Before marching in the parade that day, our band director (I learned more about discipline and honor from that …

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Decoration Day -> Memorial Day

The year 1868 was the first time that Decoration Day was widely observed in the United States … a day set aside to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. In 1882, the name “Memorial Day” began to be used to honor all US soldiers who died in service to their country. The new name became more common following WWI, …

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