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May 29, 2017


Wallace Morgan (1873-1948),

Soldiers in World War I, c.1917, charcoal, 17 9/16 x 21 13/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Memorial Day was officially established in 1971 to be a day to remember and commemorate all those who have perished while in military service. First established as 'Remembrance Day' following the American Civil War, Northern and Southern states observed separate days for many years. Following World War II, Memorial Day became the common name of this day of remembrance, recognized officially by the federal government in 1967.