What is the history of Memorial Day?
On May 5th, 1868, General John A. Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month, May 30th. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Civil War soldiers.
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. In 1968, Memorial Day was established as the last Monday in May and became a federal holiday.
Today, we remember and honor our fallen service members and their families for their sacrifice. We wish everyone a happy Memorial Day❤️