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Several ceremonies held in Maryland to honor Memorial Day

How Memorial Day got started
Posted at 6:50 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 08:56:12-04

It's Memorial Day, a time we remember those members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice. Several ceremonies were held across the state, including in Annapolis.

"It's events like these where we can remember the stories, and if we can't remember the stories we can remember the places, and if we can't remember the places we can say their names," said Michael Brophy, Director of the Historic Baltimore National Cemetery.

"These are the men and women that we continue to honor every day. I know that each of you knows someone like this, and maybe they are still here with us today. Learn from these individuals, live by their standards, and honor them in all that you do," said Dr. Tamara Bonzanto, Assistant Secretary of Veterans.

Memorial Day, which was known as Decoration Day, was first enacted to honor union and confederate soldiers following the American Civil War.

Veterans and the community would honor fallen soldiers with parades and bring flowers to their graves. That's what some people did for those in the Reisterstown Community Cemetery.

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Memorial Day was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.