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By Roger Helle, Patriot Post, May 22, 2020

It’s that time of year again. A long holiday weekend with cookouts, picnics in the park, and blockbuster commercial sales. At least that’s what many think Memorial Day weekend is all about. As much of the country is still shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re stuck at home longingly pondering years past.

It was originally called Decoration Day when it was first celebrated right after the Civil War, a four-year conflict during which the two sides lost a combined 620,000 men. This figure is more than all of America’s other wars combined. In 1868, members of the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day to honor fallen Union soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers. Confederate veterans began to do the same.

Congress passed legislation in 1968 making the last Monday in May “Memorial Day.” The law went into effect in 1971. Most younger Americans have not been taught the incredible sacrifice made to keep our nation free from tyranny. We need to change that. …

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