Happy Memorial Day to all my readers in the United States! I hope you’re all enjoying your day off. While you’re spending time with your family and friends, please remember WHY we are celebrating Memorial Day. Thank a solider, say a prayer for those who are in harm’s way. May those who have fallen rest in peace. Enjoy the post.
In honor of Memorial Day, I thought it would be a good idea to explain the origins of Memorial Day. We often celebrate holidays without knowing why we celebrate it or the importance of it. So here’s a little history for those of you who are curious.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact origins of Memorial Day because there are many stories about its origins or birthplace. Although Waterloo, NY was named the birthplace of memorial day by Lydon B Johnson in May of 1966, over two dozen towns and cities have claimed to be the birthplace of memorial day celebrations. There is also evidence that a group of Southern women decorated the graves of soldiers before the end of the Civil War. Because of this, I think it’s safe to say that every town or city that gathered to commemorate those who died during war helped shape how we celebrate Memorial Day.
Thanks to General John Logan, Memorial day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and observed on May 30, 1868. Back then, Memorial Day was commemorated by placing flowers on the graves of soldiers in Arlington Cemetery. In 1873, New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday. By 1890, all the northern states began to observe the holiday. The southern states were reluctant to celebrate Memorial Day on the same day as northern states until after World War I where all soldiers were commemorated.
There you have it folks! For more about Memorial Day check out this website http://www.usmemorialday.org/. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!