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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember the Fallen

Monday, May 25, 2020, is Memorial Day. This day is a national holiday, for remembering and honoring men and women, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Waterloo, New York, was declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. The holiday had many origins, and most likely came about because many towns planned celebrations and honorariums for their war dead during the Civil War conflict. The first official proclamation is attributed to Gen John A. Logan, who issued a proclamation on May 5, 1868. The first official day was celebrated on May 30, 1868, making today the 146th anniversary of the first official day of remembrance. On that first ‘Decorating Day,’ flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1873, the state of New York was the first to declare it a holiday and by 1890 ‘Decorating Day’ was recognized across the northern states. However, the southern states would not recognize the day as an official day of remembrance until after World War I  and it became known as Memorial Day. It was then that the day changed from honoring only […]

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