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Old 05-27-2019, 10:12 AM
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During the Civil War, a U.S. general thought the bugle call signaling bedtime could use a more melodious tune, so he wrote the notes for 'Taps' in 1862. Another officer later used the bugle song for a funeral, fearing the traditional firing of rifles might sound like an attack. Now, 'Taps' is a traditional part of Memorial Day celebrations.
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On Memorial Day in 1988, about 2,500 motorcycles rode through Washington, DC, calling the government to account for prisoners of war and those missing in action. By 2017, the annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run, which brings awareness to forgotten Vietnam War veterans, had grown to about 900,000 riders.
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Southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina plan their own Confederate Memorial Day (or in the case of Texas, Confederate Heroes Day) on various dates, depending on the state.
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Although the Korean War lasted just three years, it ranks among the most brutal in U.S. history: 36,574 Americans killed, 103,284 wounded, and 8,200 listed as missing in action or lost at sea. The 5.8 million Americans who served during the "Forgotten War" are memorialized on the National Mall with 7-foot stainless steel statues depicting soldiers of all races and specialties slogging through rice paddies, ponchos blowing in the wind, weapons in hand.
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Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial | New Jersey

The USS New Jersey launched one year after the attack at Pearl Harbor and served for nearly a half-century before being decommissioned in 1991. The most decorated battleship and surviving warship in history, the New Jersey was honored for service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, and the Persian Gulf.
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National World War I Museum and Memorial | Missouri

In 1914, the assassination of an obscure Austrian royal set the spark that ignited the first global war in human history, and one of the deadliest. The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City dates to the days immediately after the war's end, when patriotic city leaders raised the equivalent of $34 million in today's dollars in just 10 days. Two years later, in 1921, Allied commanders dedicated the memorial in front of 100,000 people — the first meeting of all five leaders.
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