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 God.