David Bryant

Memorial Day is a day we set aside to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Originally known as Decoration Day, celebrated on May 30, the day to honor our war dead began as a day for the Union, or northern states, to honor those killed in the Civil War. After World War I, the day was expanded to include all who died during all wars and was generally adopted by the entire nation. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as a federal holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May and went into effect in 1971.

David A. Bryant is an Army retiree and the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. You can reach him at dbryant@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7554.

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