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Monday, May 28, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Today is Memorial Day. Even though the Solstice is next month everybody pretty much considers this the unofficial beginning of summer. But what today is really about is remembering the men and women who died in the service.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

HINT: A senior officer of the United States Army during World War II who is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo, which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866, was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

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On May 30, 1868, President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery -- which, until 1864, was Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's plantation.

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Calling Memorial Day a "national holiday" is a bit of a misnomer. While there are 11 "federal holidays" created by Congress -- including Memorial Day -- they apply only to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Federal Memorial Day, established in 1888, allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades without being docked a day's pay.

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"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God." That is the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknowns, established at Arlington National Cemetery to inter the remains of the first Unknown Soldier, a World War I fighter, on November 11, 1921. Unknown soldiers from World War II and the Korean War subsequently were interred in the tomb on Memorial Day 1958.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

ANSWER: General George S. Patton