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On May 5,1868, Gen. John Logan, the Grand Army of the Republic’s national commander, proclaimed a Decoration Day to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War. The country observed the first Decoration Day May 30, and Arlington National Cemetery bloomed with flowers left on the graves of deceased Union and Confederate soldiers. After World War I, the observance grew to include Americans who died fighting in any war. In 1968, Congress voted to celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May.