They deserve our thanks

By Chuck Kajer

Monday, May 26, 2008, is Memorial Day.

Begun after the Civil War, the day is set aside to honor those who fought and died for their country. The holiday had its beginnings in several communities in 1865 and grew quickly. Gen. John Logan proclaimed the holiday to remember Union and Confederate soldiers in 1868, and by 1890, all of the northern states were observing May 30 as the official holiday, though southern states kept different days of observance. Following World War I, the holiday was changed to honor the dead from all wars, and the southern states changed their observance as well.

Originally called Decoration Day

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