Dating all the way back to 1868, May 30 has been a day to honor and remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country. In 1868 it was called Decoration Day because the tradition involved decorating grave sites of the Civil War soldiers with flowers, flags and wreaths.
At the first celebration, then-Congressman James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, saying in part, “We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
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