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Do you know the origin of Memorial Day?

Honoring the fallen, reminding us that `Freedom is not Free'


As a kid I wondered why my grandmothers always called the day we put flowers on graves as "Decoration Day." Old-fashioned, I assumed. I was wrong.

This past weekend (Memorial Day weekend) I watched a special on this day to honor the fallen and truly learned something. It was on Brian Kilmeade's show, "One Nation," on Fox News.

The Civil War ended in 1865 but not before more than 600,000 men died in the bloodbath. The Civil War is still known as the deadliest conflict ever fought on American soil. In comparison 7,000 soldiers died in the Revolutionary War; 116,516 U.S., soldiers in World Wa...

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