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Photos: Memorial Day

May 28 1984: Justin Billard, 5, in his sailor suit, saluted as a color guard passed his spot on Highland Avenue during the Memorial Day parade in Somerville.

John Blanding/Globe Staff

May 28 1984: Justin Billard, 5, in his sailor suit, saluted as a color guard passed his spot on Highland Avenue during the Memorial Day parade in Somerville.

Memorial Day was first named “Decoration Day,” referring to the decoration of the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. Since the 20th century, all American soldiers who have died during service are honored on this day. Often it is extended to remember deceased loved ones who were not in the military. Iconic images of sorrow, reflection, and patriotism are prevalent. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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