Memorial Day

"Over There," by George M. Cohan. New York: Leo Feist, Inc., 1917.

"Over There," by George M. Cohan. New York: Leo Feist, Inc., 1917.

In the United States, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. The day was first set aside in 1868  “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.” Today we honor soldiers who died in all American wars. Remember our fallen soldiers with songs from Patriotic Melodies in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia, including “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “The Marines’ Hymn,” and “The U.S. Air Force Song” (aka “Off we go into the wild blue yonder”). Read more about the history of Memorial Day in Today in History: May 30.

One Comment

  1. Terry S. Smith
    June 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thank GOD for our veterans.

    Where the United State would be without them is beyond comprehension.

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