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Welcome to the Courthouse Commons Homeowners Association website.  It is a community of 252 condominium homes located in Central Islip, Long Island, New York.
This website is designed with the hope that it will foster communication within the community by gathering and sharing information among homeowners, board members and the property management company.
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History of Memorial Day
Posted on May 21, 2016
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those men and women who have died in service of the United States of America.  In 1868, May 30th was designated as the day to  decorate the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the Civil War. This date was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, where 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, choosing to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I , when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
With the Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971, Memorial Day is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May. This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays.  However, several southern states have maintained an additional day for honoring their Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Whatever you do this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember the people who gave their lives so that you are free to celebrate the day as you choose. 

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