A Brief History of Memorial Day

Oise-Aisne WW1 American Cemetery

Oise-Aisne WW1 American Cemetery in France (photo by Daryl Densford, August 2007)

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.

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About Daryl Densford

I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving as an active-duty Army Chaplain. I am currently the Chaplain Resource Manager at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Posted on 24 May 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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