Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day is an opportunity for the American public to honor our fallen service members.


Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, was first observed at Arlington National Ceremony on May 30, 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic -- the organization for Civil War Union veterans -- wanted to honor fallen Civil War service members by decorating their graves. It was widely believed that the Grand Army of the Republic chose this date because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. Throughout the next century, Decoration Day continued to be observed on May 30. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day as a national holiday that occurs on the last Monday of May.

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  • PhoenixPhoenix Posts: 12Player
    An amateur photographer snapped the image of a bald eagle sitting on a soldier’s tombstone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and the image is going viral this Memorial Day.


    The photo was taken by one Mr. Frank Glick who was on his way to work when he saw the eagle perched on the tombstone as he was driving past the cemetery.

    Jon Tevlin of the Star Tribune notes that since he took the photo, Mr. Glick has been inundated with requests for the image from people all around the world, including the U.S. military which has used the image in several publications.

    “It’s been pretty hard to keep up with this stuff,” Glick said. “It’s pretty amazing what’s going on.”

    It is a pretty wonderful photo and one that is poignant on this Memorial Day.
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