This weekend honors the more than 1.3 million soldiers who have died fighting for America who we never could thank with a handshake, applause or a ticker-tape parade, because we never had the chance. They are the people who fought and gave their lives for America and our allies. In most cases, they never knew the outcome of their ultimate sacrifice, whether it was on a beach in Normandy, a Middle Eastern desert, a jungle in Asia, or a field in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It has been 155 years since soldiers from both sides of the Civil War joined in remembering their lost comrades in America's bloodiest war on what was once called Decoration Day. An act of Congress in 1971 created the Memorial Day holiday we now observe to remember and honor those American heroes lost at war.



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