The Two Versions on the History of Memorial Day
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 28th May 2017
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God Bless our Veterans Photo: The History Channel

 

Let us not forget our veterans and the sacrifices they made

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day

 

From The History Channel

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

EARLY OBSERVANCES OF MEMORIAL DAY

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Update

A reader of this column contacted the Post with a link as to another version of the history of Memorial Day.  We found it rather interesting and thought it should be posted.

Here is the link to another version of history:

http://www.livescience.com/54919-true-story-behind-first-memorial-day.html

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