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Memorial Day History

June 5th 2010 7:35 pm
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Memorial Day History

The May holiday honoring veterans first began back on May 5, 1868. General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared it a holiday when flowers were placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery of soldiers who had fallen in the Civil War. After World War I the focus of the holiday shifted to honoring the fallen from all American wars. It wasn't until 1971 that Congress made it an official federal holiday under the National Holiday Act. The holiday is now celebrated on the last Monday in May across the United States.

Eulogy for a Veteran
By Unknown Author

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.



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