Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day 30, May 1868

"Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 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 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states." and "Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country" from the

Today, I am thinking of our forefathers who fought for our freedoms. Their sacrifices they went through as soldiers for us. I said a prayer for all of them.

Tomorrow, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Texas State Veteran Cemetery at 11 am.


Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Thank you Sonia for the great history lesson. Woodsterman is dedicating his pages tomorrow. It's a must see and I hope you'll join me.

This site is becoming quite a fun mix of info.

Supi said...

I wouldn't miss you blog for a second.

You are welcome.