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June 2, 1930: Remembering 'Deco'-ration Day

Before there was Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, there was Decoration Day on May 30.

Perhaps more true to the meaning of Memorial Day, Americans would take to cemeteries and care for, maintain, and decorate the graves of those who died in service to our country.

While social media is filled each year with the laments of those who are disgusted by the commercialization of Memorial Day, the concept, sadly, is nothing new.

As far back as 85 years ago, the Deco Restaurant chain — a Buffalo institution — was playing off the name Deco and Decoration Day.

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