Memorial Day is a very important and special day every single year. As many people know, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died during battle in our nation’s service. For the families of these victims, it is a very special and sad day. Though most of the people in America know the basics of Memorial Day, most do not know the great history of this very important day.
Originally, Memorial Day was named Decoration Day. What is interesting is that there are over two dozen cities and a few towns that claim they are the birthplace of Memorial Day. Though it doesn’t seem possible, it is. President Lyndon Johnson had offically declared Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Still, though, it is difficult to find the actual spot of origin of this important holiday.
On May 5, 1868, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed. It was proclaimed by General Logan Johnson, who was the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. This was first observed when flowers were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers on May 30, 1868. New York was the first official state to observe this holiday. Even when all of the north had begun celebrating this holiday, the South still refused to. This went on until after World War I.
Memorial Day used to be just for recognizing soldiers who had perished in the Civil War. Then it got changed to recognize all soldiers who had died in any battle.
Over the past few years, Memorial Day observances have slowly diminished. Sadly, people have begun to forget Memorial Day’s very important and special purpose. This is sad, because it is very important for people to remember all of the men and women who went into battle to help and serve our country. People used to always put flowers on the graves of the soldiers, but now, they are often forgotten about. Some people, instead of placing flowers on the graves, place American flags into the ground, right in front of the grave.
It is up to the readers of this article to figure out how to bring much needed awareness to their friends and family of this holiday. Let them know the amazing history and meaning of Memorial Day, and how it has evolved throughout the years. Thank you for reading and learning about the great history of Memorial Day.