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The Meaning of Memorial Day

Amy A. Kass & Leon Kass

Why do we have national public holidays? What does each—and what do all—contribute to our common life as Americans? The American Calendar series explores the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.

The Meaning of Memorial Day
Why should a nation busy pursuing happiness take time to remember those who have died in the country’s service? Explore the obligations of national memory and its contributions to America’s present and future.

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