How Gushed the Life - Blood of the Brave!"
Raphael Tuck and Sons "Decoration Day" Series of Post Cards No. 158
postmarked in 1909 with a one cent stamp
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Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.