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Current Event May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Given Meaning

Memorial Day is traditionally the weekend that heralds the start of summer barbeques, sandals and vacations. But the day has somber roots in the Civil War as Decoration Day, a day to remember Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. Today all soldiers who died in combat are remembered on Memorial Day, including one young soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in October 2010. Listen to learn more about the history of Memorial Day and how this loss changed the meaning of Memorial Day for one family.

Civil War Civics/Government

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National Public Radio

AIR DATE: 05/26/2014

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