memorial day

Who Do We Remember on Memorial Day?

May 29, 2023
The first Memorial Day was called “Decoration Day.” On May 5, 1868, commander-in-chief of a Union veterans’ organization, General John A. Logan, announced the creation of a holiday as “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."
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Batman in a Hospital Bed

Jun 11, 2016
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have already stopped thinking about our wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, it’s been Memorial Day ever since I first met Tomas Young.