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The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to a country.

Memorial Day is celebrated this year on Saturday May 26th. Memorial flowers are Carnations, White Daisies,and Gladiola.

    Facts about Memorial Day

  • Memorial Day was originally called as Decoration Day.
  • Memorial Day began during the Civil War when organized women's groups in several towns throughout the South decorated the graves of the Confederate war dead with flowers, wreaths and flags.
  • Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave.
  • Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • In the U.S, the occasion is also marked in almost every State on the last Monday in May.
  • Many southern states, however, have an additional, separate day for honoring the soldier as Memorial Day: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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