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    Posted: May 28 2018 at 10:32pm
Whatever happened to Decoration Day? I remember very well going with my father to mark all of our family’s grave sites with flowers and wreaths. Decoration (Memorial Day) was a way to honor all deceased, not just fallen military. Does anyone have any idea what era or what year the focus changed?
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On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. Source: History Channel
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The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day," which was first used in 1882. 

Memorial Day did not become the more common name until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. 

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.

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