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Lodians remember fallen heroes on Memorial Day

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Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:30 am

Since 1868, the U.S. has reserved the last Monday of May to remember the men and women of the country’s armed forces who died in battle and honor their memories. Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday now known as Memorial Day was originally observed on May 30 from 1868 until 1971, when the date was changed to the last Monday in May, in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, in order to create a three-day weekend.

One of the most common ways of commemorating the holiday is by placing flowers on the graves of fallen servicemen and women. Politicians and religious leaders alike would address their communities in somber events, remembering those who gave their lives in battle and providing comfort to their families.

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