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#1 GTTinkerer OFFLINE  


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 06:29 AM

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials.

Early Observances of Memorial Day

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
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It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Decoration Day

On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, 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, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Evolution of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day Traditions

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials.

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 06:35 AM

That's some great information!  Thank you!

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 06:37 AM

Thanks for that and thanks to the vets.

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 06:53 AM

Awesome info! I had no idea. Thank you! :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :worshippy1:  :worshippy1:  :worshippy1:


Thank you to all who have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can live the way we do! :thumbs:  :worshippy1:





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Posted May 26, 2014 - 07:32 AM

Thank you for taking the time to post this.


And thank you to everybody that served our country.

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 07:58 AM

Nice little history lesson thanks for sharing this. Thanks to all who gave the ultimate price for our freedom & to those families who suffered their loss as well.

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 08:12 AM

Good post, GTT.  Yes, today is more'n  just a picnic and parade day.  Thanks to all our servicemen , past, present, and future.

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 08:25 AM

Thanks for the info, and thanks to all who served for our country. Tom
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Posted May 26, 2014 - 08:47 AM

Thank You GTTinkerer! Thank You All Veterans.    May God Bless You All !                                                                                                  Roger.

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 04:11 PM

A "GREAT" BIG THANK YOU to those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice.