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Memorial Day Words

May 21, 2012
Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called in the localities in which it was celebrated, began as an occasion for decorating the graves of soldiers who had died fighting in the U.S. Civil war. Declared a national holiday in 1966, it is traditionally observed by decorating fallen soldiers' graves, honoring them with parades, speeches, and concerts, and gathering for picnics and family gatherings.

Celebrate Memorial Day with these words that help promote an understanding of the holiday's meaning. Then look for more meaning in the day by learning vocabulary from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and recite the famous memorial oration on this solemn day.
martial
Here were idle warriors smoking and laughing in groups, or beguiling the lazy hours with gambling, feasting, or doubtful stories of their own martial exploits.
respect
Brindisi residents have been paying their respects by leaving flowers at the site of the bombing.
observe
Twenty million Britons watched on just over two million TV receivers But where observing state occasions is concerned, how much has changed, really?
picnic
It is a lovely flowered place in a windless hollow shaded by towering Norfolk pines where Napoleon liked to go to picnic.
barbecue
Fremont Brewing Company hosts a free barbecue, Noon-3 p.m.
memorial
Before Lin, war memorials almost always featured statues of soldiers.
service
He made five albums in four years, all focused on his training and service as an infantryman.
holiday
Trading was muted, as many investors celebrated a holiday commemorating the end of World War II fighting in Europe.
patriotism
True patriotism doesn't go about waving the flag and shouting.
patriot
Urging moms to boycott Mother’s Day is kind of like asking patriots to burn the flag.
parade
The Marching 100 has had a rich history, performing at Super Bowls and in inauguration parades.
Old Glory
I love my native land and its beautiful flag— Old Glory!
Stars and Stripes
Two days later the lookout reported a sail, and as the ships drew together, the newcomer was seen to be flying the Stars and Stripes.
flag
Bunting, flags and more crowds turned out in Modbury as the torch convoy passed through.
wreath
“Right, Coz,” agreed Ned, deliberately sitting down with a wreath of greens about his neck.
sacrifice
Taught men to sacrifice reputation, and do good in secret, 186.
decoration
Early observances of Memorial Day centered around the decoration of graves of fallen soldiers, with the often locally-observed day known as "Decoration Day."
Charles Ives's symphonic poem Decoration Day depicted the holiday as he experienced it in his childhood, with his father's band leading the way to the town cemetery, the playing of "Taps" on a trumpet, and a livelier march tune on the way back to the town.
—Wikipedia," Memorial Day"
commemorate
No visit is complete without pausing at the memorial plaza, commemorating heroes of the Cuban independence struggle in bronze.
cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery announced Friday that it will rename its 19th century “Old Amphitheater” for Civil War double amputee and veterans advocate James R. Tanner.
volunteer
On Memorial Day, volunteers come forward to decorate graves in national cemeteries throughout the country.
continuously
Ironton, Ohio, lays claim to the nation's oldest continuously running Memorial Day parade.
—Wikipedia," Memorial Day"
bunting
Amid the bunting on the main square, organizers posted images of 60 men and women who died in the uprising.
half-staff
Both the United States and Maryland flags are being flown at half-staff on Thursday.
sacrifice
“You know, it just reminds you of the sacrifices that people made for a larger cause.”
concert
The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol.
—Wikipedia," Memorial Day"
oration
It chanced that as he ended his oration, a steamer fired a salute from a twelve pounder gun.
tradition
These threats imperil our constitutional traditions, our heritage of rule of law and the strength of our democracy.

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