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History of Memorial Day

History of Memorial Day

History of Memorial Day

Why Learning The History of Memorial Day Appropriately Leads Us to Celebrate the Holiday Appropriately

What is the history of Memorial Day? Where did the American holiday “Memorial Day” come from? Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of former Union soldiers and sailors — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared it should be May 30. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The cemetery already held the remains of 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead.

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