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Dying for a three-day weekend

by Denny Banister

by Denny Banister

Grandma Stuhlmann called it Decoration Day. As a youngster, I remember wondering why grandma had a different name for Memorial Day, but historically, she was correct. The original intent of Memorial Day was to decorate with flowers the graves of Civil War dead, both Union and Confederate, at Arlington National Cemetery – it was called Decoration Day.

While that first recognition occurred in 1868,

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