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"Decoration Day" renews memory of soldiers who gave their lives that our nation might live. Or in former Pres. Lincoln’s words, “That this nation shall have a new birth of freedom.” It was first instituted by the Grand Army of the Republic - May 30, 1868..1/12
@realDonaldTrump...for the purpose of strewing w/flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, & whose bodies lie in almost every city, village, hamlet & churchyard in our land (Civil War reference)...2/12
Every #MemorialDay a national moment of silent remembrance takes place, 3p local time. It's unclear where the tradition began/initiated as many memorial gatherings were community-based. The Fed Government declared Waterloo, NY official birthplace, 1966...3/12
#DecorationDay became #MemorialDay to memorialize an act greater than decorating/care of #Fallen_Heroes resting place. By providing a means for spiritual & historical understanding, it legitimized a ritual for new #American #Nationalism forged out of war.”...4/12
116K Americans killed in #WorldWarI , broadened the scope of #MemorialDay in order to honor all of America’s fallen soldiers. #Americans began using the poppy as a flower of #Remembrance . The sale of poppies provided aid to children orphaned by the war. ...5/12
@realDonaldTrump The popularity of the poppy comes from John McCrae’s 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields,” (in which the Canadian soldier paints a haunting picture of the flowers growing amid the graves of World War I.)...6/12
After #WorldWarII 405K more #American lives lost—#MemorialDay was also a day to pray for #Peace As of 1950, ea president includes this plea in Memorial Day remarks. Since 2000 each president asked Americans to pause at 3p for a moment of silent reflection...7/12
@realDonaldTrump #PoppyWall
A temporary, 133 ft long display of 645K+ poppies, one for ea #American soldier killed since #WorldWarI was visited by 15K+ people in 2018, the USAA exhibit sponsor said in a press release....8/12
#MemorialDay #RememberTheFallen
@realDonaldTrump #MemorialDay became an official #federal #holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. ...9/12
I couldn't find the date these were added but I include prayers for our fallen soldiers in Korean War & especially the Vietnam Conflict. So far from home & perhaps still MIA, makes me cry imaging the worst. Each has it's own memorial & remembered today...10/12
On #MemorialDay remember soldiers who gave their last ounce of strength & decency giving help/aid to ppl whose lives were upended. They rescued orphans, airlifted families/kids yet it isn't headline news. Lift rescues authorized by PresFord...11/12
Research and information or this thread, courtesy of US Library of Congress files and various links in the article below. #MAGA #AllLivesMatter
#MemorialDay #WWG1WGA
Apologies for any typos.
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