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Memorial Day-Remembrance of the Past with an Eye on the Future

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Union and Confederate Soldier- Cousins, Friends or Brothers? Memorial Day is a day of vacation, fun, parks, friends, and meat on the grill. It is all of these things as well as much more. Memorial Day also includes the remembrance of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us may enjoy these sunny days. As you are spending your day in carefree joy, try and keep in the back of your head the essential purpose of Memorial Day. Perhaps you want to drop a few flowers at a war veterans site and spend a moment remembering them. The history of the Memorial Day is an interesting one. It was proclaimed on May 5 th , 1868 by General John Logan. He issued the ceremony ( http://www.usmemorialday.org/order11.html ) by laying flowers at the graves of both Confederate and Union graves. To him it was important to honor the dead of the country and the ultimate sacrifice they made to their nation. It was the continuous search for national truth that compelled these solder