Coolidge Memorial Day address, May 30, 1927

Honoring Memorial Day today, here -at the American Presidency Project- is the full text of Calvin Coolidge’s speech on Memorial Day 1927 (then known as Decoration Day), given in Arlington, Virginia.

Side note: Memorial Day originally was known as Decoration Day, because, as specified in1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic,

The 30th day of May (…) 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 church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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