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The Legacy of Memorial Day: Honoring America’s Heroes

The Legacy of Memorial Day: Honoring America’s Heroes

Memorial Day, or Day of the Fallen, has its roots in the American Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was established to honor the fallen soldiers of the North and South. 

On May 30, 1868, General John A. Logan declared that this day should be a time to decorate the graves of the deceased with flowers. This date was selected because it did not coincide with any major battle and allowed flowers to be in full bloom across the country.

Over time, Memorial Day evolved to honor all American military personnel who died in service. 

In 1971, it officially became a federal holiday and was moved to the last Monday of May, creating a long weekend for families to honor the fallen and enjoy the beginning of summer. 

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Today, Memorial Day remains a solemn reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

BY: La Isla Magazine

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