Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Memorial Day, the last Monday of May (many take the last Sunday of May) is the day we honor Americans who have given their lives in military service. Called Decoration Day when graves of soldiers killed in the Civil War were decorated with flowers. The earliest Memorial observances occurred in Waterloo, New York and Columbus, Mississippi.

The first widespread observance of Decoration Day to observe the dead was in 1868 when Gen. John Logan had all graves in Arlington National Cemetery decorated with flowers and flags. Pres. James Garfield gave a speech in which he said, “For love of Country they accepted death and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

 

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