The History of Memorial Day

6:01 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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As we begin this Memorial Day weekend, some of you are preparing for ceremonies, dedications, and also the traditional summer festivities, like barbecues and family gatherings.

But we wanted to take a minute to dig deeper and explore the history of the holiday.

According to the Library of Congress, the idea started in 1868 when Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30th as a day for soldiers to honor fallen comrades.

Today, the official national observance still happens at Arlington National Cemetery.

Every year, a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and all graves bear a small American flag.

Many also make pilgrimages to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial among the many monuments in our nation's capital.

You can read more about the history of Memorial Day at the Library of Congress' official website.

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