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May 30th 1868 was the first designated day to remember the troops who fell in the Civil War. They called it Decoration Day, untill 1882 when the name was officially changed to Memorial Day. There is really no better way then to post the Official Military Order, From the Veterans Affairs site:
“Memorial Day Order”

General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters.
I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and com­rades will, in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We are organized, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull and other hinds slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation’s gratitude—the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander?in?Chief to inaugurate this observ­ance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this Order effective.

By Command of:

John A. Logan
Commander in Chief May 5, 1868

So today remember those who lost their life so that we may be.

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Blue car sick bags, great to have for road trips and in 1st aid kits

No one wants to think about having to clean up after someone has gotten car sick in your vehicle.  It is awful! Not one of the pleasures of travel. So this summer, do yourself a favor and grab some of these. They have saved us multiple times from a messy situation! It is so nice to just be able to pull over and throw the mess away instead of cleaning it out of clothing, car seats and having to ride with the smell. They are also great at home when someone is sick. No more rinsing out bowls or worrying that they won’t get to the bathroom on time. Package comes with 24 and includes shipping.

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Mini. handheld, rechargeable air conditioner

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I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of the heat. Summertime is kind of miserable to me. I take any opportunity to stay cool that I can. This looks great for people like me! I am thinking it would also be great for the people in the backseat of a car. Our air vents don’t reach the back very well. This would help keep it a little more bearable back there at least. What do you think, is it a good idea?

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This is so awesome! Perfect for outdoor activities like camping, boating and more! Just fill a bucket with water or even drop the end in the lake or river. Anywhere there is water you can use your battery powered shower wand and wash off!handheld battery powered showerIvation Battery-Powered Handheld Portable Shower – Turns Water From Bucket/Basin/Sink Into Steady, Gentle Stream – Powered by Built-In Lithium 2200mAh Rechargeable Battery

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  • Easy to Use with Water From a Bucket
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We all have cellphones, and many of us still have landlines. With this Xlink unit you can answer your cellphone from the landline phone.xlink answer your cellphone with your home phone landlineXtreme Technologies Xlink BTTN Bluetooth Gateway-Black

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