Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. It is a time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. Here are some facts to give this holiday some perspective:
- Memorial Day began as a response to the civil war
Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedent carnage of the Civil War, in which a total of some 620,000 soldiers died between both sides.
- Major General John A. Logan made the day official
General Logan, the speaker at the Carbondale gathering, also was commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans. On May 5, 1868, he issued General Orders No. 11, which set aside May 30, 1868 “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.
- Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day”
The holiday was long known as “Decoration Day” for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. The name Memorial Day goes way back to 1882, but the older name didn’t disappear until after World War II. It wasn’t until 1967 that federal law declared “Memorial Day’ the official name.
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