Today Americans have tried and true traditions for celebrating Memorial Day. But it wasn’t always weekend vacations and BBQs. Memorial Day has come a long way from when it started back in 1868.
Waterloo, New York was recognized by Congress as the birthplace of Memorial Day although several other towns claim to be the birthplace of this national holiday.
Union General, John A. Logan, founded the holiday to honor soldiers that died during the Civil War. The holiday was proclaimed on May 30, 1868.
The South has a separate Memorial Day holiday fallen Confederate soldiers. Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia still celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. The actual day the holiday is observed may vary from state to state.
The original holiday was known as Decoration Day because observers would decorate the graves of soldiers fallen during the Civil War.
Signed into law by President Bill Clinton, a National Moment of Remembrance has been a legal requirement since December 2000. At 3:00 pm local time Americans should pause to remember those that have served.
Well not really, and not really displaced in a bad way. 36 million people will hit the road for Memorial Day mini-vacation. Most will travel at least 50 miles from home.
It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day was observed on the last Monday of May.
620,000 soldiers, both Union and Confederate, died in the Civil War. That is more than died in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam put together, approximately 615,000.
Originally founded to honor Civil War soldiers, today Memorial Day is a day for honoring all those that have served.
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