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Poetry Sunday: Decoration Day

By Women's Voices For Change
Gettysburg National Cemetery, July 4, 2003. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was instituted after the Civil War to honor fallen Union soldiers and was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. The first Memorial Day order said in part: “The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves…
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