Memorial Day History The Reason For The Day

Here is a little History on Memorial Day May 26,2014
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for is fallen soldiers who have died in service in the United States of America of two dozen towns, and cities claim the birth place of Memorial Day. But Waterloo N.Y. was the official place it was announced by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 .Memorial was born out of the Civil War to honor or dead it was officially proclaimed on May 5 1868 by General John Logan National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic On the first Decoration Day General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington Cemetery and 5,000 participants decorative the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there .the first state to recognize Memorial Day as  a Holiday was New York in 1873 by 1890 it was recognized by all northern states the south had refused to acknowledge the day. They had honor their dead on separate days until after  World War1 when the holiday had changed from honoring just those who died in Civil war to those Americans who  had died in any war

It is now celebrated in almost in every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National  Holiday Act of 1971  this has insured a three day week holiday for federal holidays threw several southern states have an additional day honoring the confederate dead.

Long before the Great War inspired the red poppy as symbol of death here is a famous poem by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard among the guns below. 

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
                    In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If yea break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                    In Flanders fields.

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