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OFFICIAL BIRTHPLACE OF MEMORIAL DAY

Hi guys,

Memorial Day is coming up.  I never thought of this question until now. What is the place where Memorial Day began.  It’s a good question.  I found an answer to it below:

Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.

Happy Memorial Day

 

Jenny

Online reference:  https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

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Author of several Children's books under the Junior Rabbit Series. "A Surprise for Junior" "Loony the Loon and the Littered Lake". "Junior Rabbit Learns About Christmas," "Junior Rabbit Travels to Pennsylvania," and more. I am a retired Special education teacher with four children and twelve grandchildren. I have a passion for children reading and getting them into the habit of reading at early ages. Listen to the Let’s Talk About it with Jenny White Show every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. EST. streaming live on PJC Media Worldwide at BlogTalk Radio.com. Call 646.668.8485 to listen to the show. Press the number 1 to be live with your questions or comments.

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