Posted by: sandra | May 29, 2011

Memorial Day, a history lesson

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic,  and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. 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, honoring 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). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May.

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For those of us who have “married into” the military, as well as our active duty spouses, this holiday has great meaning!  We know first hand about personal sacrifice and burying friends.

While my husband served in aviation, the “missing man formation”


taps brought about great emotion!

So while we enjoy this beautiful long holiday weekend, take a moment to think of all of those who made the greatest sacrifice for our country!




  1. Great information Sandra,

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