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The forgotten history of Memorial Day

  • Written by Richard Gardiner, Associate Professor of History Education, Columbus State University
Preparing to decorate graves, May 1899Library of Congress

In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former Confederates and helped spread it across the entire country.

The holiday was Memorial Day, and this year’s commemoration on May 28 marks the 150th anniversary of its official...

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