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1 Memorial Day and the price of freedom
by Senator Chuck Grassley · Opinions | May 25th, 2017

Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. The first observances of what we now call Memorial Day were spontaneous expressions of gratitude and remembrance on the part of Civil War veterans for their fallen comrades, organized by veterans, groups in local communities. Only once it became an established tradition did state legislatures and Congress recognize the day as an official holiday.
   
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