Editorial: Focus on spirit of Memorial Day

The Tribune

It is all too commonplace today to think of Memorial Day as the semi-official beginning of the summer vacation season, an attitude reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it linked the holiday to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30.

Memorial Day, of course, is the day set aside to honor those who gave, as Abraham Lincoln put it, “the last full measure of devotion” in service to the country in military conflicts.


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