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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day,

 

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The name of the holiday was changed to Memorial Day in 1882. The U.S. government named Waterloo the birthplace of the holiday in 1966.

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Source:  Offline Book/Journal

The first Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. It was held in the town of Waterloo.

Article:   United States Holidays an…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Memorial Day is sacred to all war veterans. "None need to be reminded of the reason that Memorial Day must be commemorated."

Article: PATRIOTIC DAYS
Source: VFW

The position of a flag is important on Memorial Day. All U.S. flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.

Article: PATRIOTIC DAYS
Source: VFW

General Logan got the idea for Memorial Day from his wife. The memorial observances by the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg caused Mrs. Logan to tell General Logan of her inspiration for doing the same for the dead Union heroes.

Article: Memorial Day Origin
Source: Memorial Day Origin

Memorial Day all started with the Battle of June 9, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia. This battle caused the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg to be formed with the purpose of memorializing the City's militiamen who had been killed in battle.

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Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va.

Article: Origins of Memorial Day
Source: Kids for Our Troops

Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared Memorial Day should be May 30. It is believed the date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Article: Origins of Memorial Day
Source: Kids for Our Troops

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. His General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Article: Memorial Day History
Source: Memorial Day History

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Article: Memorial Day History
Source: Memorial Day History
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