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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
15 pages (2008/1900); 147KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00390
American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. delivered this speech in Keene, N.H., May 30, 1884, before John Sedgwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic at a Memorial Day commemoration.
Memorial Day in the United States began as Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War. People in attendance at this speech had taken part in that war.
Holmes recounts events from the war, losses and lessons learned by both sides and the need to move on while remembering the dead.