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Memorial Day, originally borne out of the Civil War and called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It was officially proclaimed in 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. Her poppy symbol was soon adopted by many European countries in honoring their World War I dead.

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