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Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May。 It is a day to honor those who died defending their nation。

秒速赛车官方网站 Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and originated in the aftermath of the 1861–65 Civil War, during which more American soldiers died than in any other war before or since. After the Civil War, grieving citizens around the nation began holding memorial ceremonies, decorating the graves of Civil War soldiers with flags and tributes. Waterloo, New York, is officially considered the "birthplace" of Memorial Day because it was the first to make the practice of honoring the Civil War dead a citywide event when it held its first Decoration Day in 1866.

General John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the veterans' group the Grand Army of the Republic, made a formal proclamation designating May 30, 1868, as a day of remembrance of the nation's war dead. The holiday was originally intended to honor the Civil War dead. After World War I, Decoration Day was expanded to honor those killed in all of the nation's wars, and after World War II it became known as Memorial Day.

In 1971, Congress designated the last Monday in May as the national Memorial Day holiday. It has become a day on which the dead of all wars, and the dead generally, are remembered in special programs held in cemeteries, churches, and other public meeting places.

The traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. On Dec. 28, 2000, the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance was established to promote the spirit of unity and remembrance through a minute-long observance. Congress wanted to bring the country together in an act of national unity, ensure that the nation remembers the sacrifices of America's fallen, and to put 'memorial' back into Memorial Day.

The commission urges Americans worldwide to observe the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The 3:00 p.m. local time was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. Americans may observe a Moment of Remembrance by pausing for a moment of silence or listening to "Taps." The commission also urges Americans to perform its Memorial Day anthem, "On This Day," which was composed by award-winning composer Charles Strouse. 

The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances. It is intended to a be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. By participating in the Moment Americans can help reclaim Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason for which it was intended—to honor those who died in service to our Nation.

Many Americans confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.

Popular tourist attractions on Memorial Day include:

 

Other popular ways to celebrate Memorial Day include visiting your local veteran's cemetery to lay flowers on a grave, or to visit a veterans hospital or VA association and talk to the veterans there. The tradition of wearing poppies in honor of America's war dead takes its origin from the poem "In Flanders Fields," written in 1915 by John McCrae.


 

In Flanders Fields

written in 1915 by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Flanders, in north-west Belgium, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the World War I.  One of the few things said to have survived the bloodshed was the poppy.  John McCrea, a Canadian doctor serving on the battlefield, wrote this poem after treating the battle wounded and burying the dead.

 

 

 

Taps

Performance by The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band

Origin of "Taps"

The earliest official reference to the mandatory use of "Taps" at military funeral ceremonies, is found in The U.S. Army Infantry Drill Regulations for 1891, although it was used unofficially prior to that time under the name "To Extinguish Lights."

The history of "Taps" dates back to the British Army's "Last Post," a similar bugle call which was sounded over soldiers' graves beginning in 1885.  The music for "Taps" was composed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield in July 1862 for his unit, the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.  Maj. O.W. Norton, a member of Buttterfield's brigade, wrote in 1898:

One day, soon after the seven days' battles on the Peninsular...Butterfield sent for me and showing me some notes on a staff written in pencil on the back of an envelope, asked me to sound them on my bugle. I did this several times, playing the music as written. He changed it somewhat, lengthening some notes and shortening others, but retaining the melody as he first gave it to me...he directed me to sound that call for "Taps" thereafter, in place of the regulation call. The music was beautiful on that still summer night...


Source: The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band

 

 

 

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- The White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, honors those who died for our country. The Commission's purpose is to sustain the American spirit through acts of remembrance, not only on Memorial Day, but throughout the year.

 

(Department of Veterans Affairs )

 

- Holiday originated in tiny village of Waterloo, New York (From the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs)

 

(The History Channel)

 
( - created to help promote the return of the original intent and meaning back to Memorial Day)

 
 
秒速赛车官方网站 - Search for the location of any name on the Vietnam Wall. Electronic simulated rubbings are also available.

 
- Learn more about the annual National Memorial Day Concert, featuring military bands and the National Symphony Orchestra.

 
 
 

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秒速赛车官方网站On This Day - The Memorial Day Anthem (Solo Female Vocalist Arrangement by Lambert and Gaylor - 1:02/1.0MB. Composed by Charles Strouse, (c) 2003 Helene Blue Musique LTD.

 

Taps (The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band - 1:03/1.0MB)

 

Taps with Echo (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 0:53/1.5MB)

 

Amazing Grace - Bagpipe version (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 0:58/1.6MB)

 

Amazing Grace秒速赛车官方网站 - Vocals (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 4:31/7.3MB)

 
 
 

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