Memorial Day Tribute
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On May 27, 1868, the first Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was celebrated
to honor the country's fallen during the Civil War. By proclamation of General John A. Logan , "The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for
the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late
rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony
is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may
permit." Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each
grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath
at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -- upon which is inscribed the familiar, "Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known But to