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By Vickie Adkins

Memorial Day

     The 26th day of May we celebrate Memorial Day. Although I haven’t been around forever, I certainly can’t remember our Country showing any more patriotism than now.

     Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in remembrance of those who died in our nation’s service. Although President Johnson officially declared Waterloo, NY the birthplace of this holiday, there are several stories as to its actual beginnings. Over two-dozen cities and towns laid claim to being its birthplace.

     General John Logan, who was the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868. It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were place on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

     No matter where it originated, I feel it’s important to teach our children the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. And of course, what better way to learn than by reading a great book about the subject?

     I recommend Memorial Day, by author Robin Nelson. It’s a simple, 23-page introduction about how and why we celebrate this holiday, or Let’s Get Ready for Memorial Day, by author Lloyd G. Douglas.

    The legacy of Memorial Day is one that should never be forgotten. It’s up to our children and us to maintain this heritage for future generations.

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