Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.
National Memorial Day Observances
Monday, May 25th – 3:00 pm Local Time
- Origins of Memorial Day – The Department of Veterans Affairs takes us back to the 1860s, when it all began.
- Veterans Stories – Experience war stories from the Veterans History Project.
- Memorials, Military History, and Monuments – Memorials to the brave people who defended freedom and liberty of our country, military history, and monuments…
- Dover Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations – Home
List of American military cemeteries, federal memorials, monuments and markers located in foreign countries
- Ardennes American Cemetery
- Brittany American Cemetery
- Cabanatuan American Memorial
- Cambridge American Cemetery
- East Coast Memorial
- Epinal American Cemetery
- Florence American Cemetery
- Guadalcanal Memorial
- Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
- Honolulu Memorial
- Lorraine American Cemetery
- Luxembourg American Cemetery
- Manila American Cemetery
- Marker at Papua New Guinea
- Netherlands American Cemetery
- Normandy American Cemetery
- North Africa American Cemetery
- Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument
- Rhone American Cemetery
- Saipan American Memorial
- Santiago Surrender Tree Memorial
- Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
- Utah Beach American Memorial
- West Coast Memorial
- Western Naval Task Force Marker
For more: http://www.abmc.gov