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Top Ten Memorial Day Songs

Written by  Nation Magazine, Team SCPA

Posted on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the USA for remembering people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. ...
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Top Ten Memorial Day Songs
Nation Magazine, by Peter Rothberg, May 26, 2016

... I’ve always been sympathetic to the argument that the best way to honor the fallen is to make every effort to prevent needless deaths in the future. That means engaging in combat and military strikes only as a true last resort. In this vein, here are my Top Ten Memorial Day Songs. The list is highly debatable; songs about war and attendant suffering cut across musical genres. Though I proudly claim hippie roots, I’ve omitted clichéd classics like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Imagine,” and “Give Peace A Chance.” I’ve also given short shrift to an important sub-genre of heavy metal antiwar anthems ...

Hear the songs, from Loretta Lynn, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley and more:

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