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Memorial Day, The Eternal Observance

Paul Floyd
Military Analyst/Director of Analyst Operations, Stratfor
Ben Sheen
Editorial Director
May 26, 2014 | 11:19 GMT
A U.S. soldier watches the sun go down near Turkham, Afghanistan.
A U.S. soldier watches the sun go down near Turkham, Afghanistan.
(TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

The act of formal remembrance is one of the most profound human gestures, whether it is conducted on the personal or the national level. Originally a commemoration of the Union and Confederate dead from the American Civil War, Memorial Day in the United States codifies the act of remembrance, paying tribute to those who died in military service. Memorial Day is specific to America, but honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for their country, ideals or comrades-in-arms is universal....

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