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Origin Of Memorial Day

Origin Of Memorial Day

CGWC remembers the fallen heroes honored on Memorial Day this year and acknowledges their service and their selfless sacrifice. The origin of Memorial Day is found in the years following the Civil War. Arlington House was occupied by Robert E. Lee before the Civil War as it had been owned by his wife’s ancestors, descendants of George Washington. During the Civil War the property was appropriated for use as a military cemetery with the intent to make the property uninhabitable by Lee in the future. Arlington National Cemetery was established. After the war ended, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 to honor the dead soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. We continue to observe Memorial Day today to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for American freedom.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day with your family and friends. Remember safety first whether you celebrate on land or sea. But mainly, spend a somber moment to remember the human sacrifice that the holiday symbolizes and say a prayer for the troops serving our country abroad.

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