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Feature Article on Memorial Day. TOPIC: EVENTS & CIVIL WAR
Written by Jim Sayre in May, 1999

EARLY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES:   ELABORATE, REVERENT OBSERVANCES

According to the Sidney Journal, "At an early hour, people began arriving from the country, and kept on so doing until the streets were crowded with vehicles of every kind and description, and with the sidewalks thronged with a seething multitude, rendered the scene animated, and gave to the streets the appearance of a circus day or a Fourth of July celebration."

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in the service of our nation. After the Civil War, many in the North and South decorated graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. Decoration Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan in General Order No. 11, and first observed on May 30, 1868.

In 1882, the name was changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, and soldiers who had died in other wars were also honored. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.

Details of the first observance in 1874 plus the Memorial Day activities in 1899, 1949 and 1974 (100, 50 and 25 years ago) appear on this web site.

 

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