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CHAPTER TWELVE: Memorial Day Commemorations

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On Memorial Day, 1936, family members placed flowers at the grave of Herman Smith of the Thirty-first New York, a Civil War veteran who had died two years earlier.

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For years, schoolchildren decorated Fredericksburg’s graves with flags on Memorial Day. In 1934, fourth-grade students from Lafayette Elementary School did the honors.

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Today, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have taken over the duty, not only decorating the graves with flowers but also with luminaria.