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Wed, June 23

Memorial Day ceremony set

Members of American Legion John Ivens Post 42, the auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion will be cleaning up at the Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery and placing of flags on veterans' graves this Saturday at 10 a.m.

The annual Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday. This is a time to honor those who fought for our country and are now at rest.

Plan to arrive 20 or 30 minutes early to make organization easier and invite your friends and family to attend.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was first observed in the south to honor the Civil War dead. By proclamation of John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, as of May 30, 1868, the day was set aside to decorate the graves of all veterans who fell in service to their country.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day on May 30, 1868, more than 5,000 participants attended the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, decorating the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Gen. James Garfield was the speaker.

Over the years, nearly all cities across the country celebrate Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress declared May 30 a national holiday to honor all of those who died in America's wars.

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