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|May 30, 2016
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This Memorial Day, we honor the men and women of our armed forces who have bravely served our country and courageously defended our freedom. As we observe this day, I pause to remember our fallen service members and pay tribute to all they have given.
A Brief History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was created after the Civil War out of a desire to honor those who died in service of the United States of America. On May 5th, 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed that the 30th of May be designated as a day to honor and decorate with flowers the graves of fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Following World War I, Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in defense of their country. In 1971, Congress passed the National Holiday Act of 1971, designating Memorial Day as a federal holiday every last Monday in May.
Thank you to the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. Our nation is ever grateful.
Rep. Matt Claman
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