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Address by James A Garfield, Ohio, on first Decoration Day, May, 1868 - Veterans' Tales
Compliments of a friend and colleague, Kenny Solomon, TheAmericanSurvivalGuide.com: On May 30, 1868, thousands gathered at Arlington National Cemetery for the first Decoration Day ceremony. An address by James A. Garfield, then an Ohio congressman who had also served as a Major General in The Civil War. In this first of such annual addresses at Arlington National Cemetery, Garfield, who in 1881 would become the 20th president of the United States, sets the standard of ‘why’. Quote I ...