It’s Memorial Day here in the USA. The day had originally been called Decoration Day and was formally established in 1868 by General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.
“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.” ~ General John Logan, US Army
The name was eventually changed to Memorial Day and it was made a federal holiday in 1971.
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Coming up on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Deborah Jiang-Stein, whose memoir Prison Baby follows her poignant journey in search of the mother who gave her up for adoption after giving birth to her while in prison.
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