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Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside since 1868 to honor and remember our nation's veterans.
Then it was called Decoration Day and was established by an organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic.
The first observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery, where officials including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant presided over ceremonies. Children from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Home and members of GAR made their way through the cemetery reciting prayers and singing hymns while putting flowers on Union and Confederate graves.
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