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Remembrance, gratitude, Memorial Day

Please take at least a few minutes from your holiday today to remember why you have the day off. It's Memorial Day, a day that was established just after the Civil War as a way to remember those who had fallen in those divisive battles.

It was originally called Decoration Day, but over the years the name and focus of the commemoration changed.

Memorial Day that we now celebrate is a federal holiday held on the fourth Monday in May and most events have expanded to recognize the sacrifices of all U.S. servicemen and women.

Please, though, hold a special place in your heart for those in the military who literally gave their all for their country.


Memorial Day flags stand vigil at grave sites in Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo by Adam Skoczylas

In addition to attending your community's Memorial Day celebrations, you might want to check out The Writer's Almanac Memorial Day podcast, with some history of the holiday, notes about some notable commemorations and a holiday poem.

NPR also offers some Memorial Day 2010 listening and reading.

And TaxProf Blog continues its annual Memorial Day tradition by presenting a collection of tax links for the military.

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