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Memorial Day

May 25, 2017

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day which was originally called Decoration Day. It was a day that was set aside to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

“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.”
General James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868, Arlington National Cemetery

Make Memorial Day meaningful. Remember and say a prayer for those that gave their lives for the freedom we cherish. Also, proudly fly the Flag on Monday.

This information was provided by my friend Robert L. Dilenschneider and was abstracted from his Memorial Day message.

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