Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. There are many stories about how it began and over 24 cities have laid claim to being the one to start it off.
There is also evidence that women’s organized groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. This was certainly the case in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In May 1966, Waterloo, New York, was officially declared as the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson. According to the usmemorialday.org website it’s more likely that it had many separate beginnings with each of the towns planned gathering contributed to a growing movement that led to General Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.
It’s not important who was first, it’s important that Memorial Day was established because it’s not about division. “It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.”
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