• The history of America’s Memorial Day

    Memorial Day History Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan…

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  • Michigan Senate holds 24th annual Memorial Day service

    State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed John West, father of Staff Sgt. Matthew West, to the Capitol for the Michigan Senate’s 24th Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday. West served in the U.S. Army’s 71st Explosive Ordnance Group and gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country on Aug. 30, 2010. “This ceremony is for people…

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