For information about Grave Decoration Day
and post membership, contact Dana Betzner of American Legion Post 525 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dutch DeGroot of VFW Post 1337 at email@example.com.
-The first large Decoration Day
observation was held in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where 5,000 participants decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
For the third consecutive Decoration Day
, the 1885 National League scheduled a set of games in two ballparks featuring four teams, with the Boston Beaneaters (Atlanta Braves) and Providence Grays again hosting the contests.
Memorial Day was first observed as Decoration Day
in May 1868, and--though the name has changed -- the day still reminds Americans to reflect on the sacrifice and honor of the men and women who gave their lives in defense of the country.
Tracing its origin in Decoration Day
, established in 1868 to honor the graves of over half of a million soldiers who had died in the Civil War, on both sides.
In Liberia, they call it Decoration Day
, a time of pain, celebration and memory when people visit graveyards to honor their dead, cleaning the graves, whitewashing them or painting them in bright colors.
In 1871, Michigan became the first to make the GAR's "Decoration Day
" a state holiday--to be celebrated on May 30.
It was erected in 1873 to serve as a location for patriotic meetings in celebration of Decoration Day
(later renamed Memorial Day), which had been established in 1868.
On the second Wednesday of March each year, Liberians flock to cemeteries to honor their deceased loved ones on a public holiday known as National Decoration Day
, scrubbing the headstones of relatives, clearing away brush from graves and decorating them with flowers and other mementoes.
The most recent: A Crop of Circles (BlackWyrm Publishing), a science-fiction novel, and Memphis Mojo (Lamar University Press), a crime novel, both In 2014; and the literary works Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press), a novel, and Decoration Day
and Other Short Stories (Stephen F.
Board of Education in May 1954 and a reading of the Gettysburg Address - a link to the holiday's post-Civil War origin, when it was known as Decoration Day
Since 1888, Congress has added six federal holidays, creating Decoration Day
(now Memorial Day) in 1888, Labor Day in 1894, Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) in 1938, Inauguration Day in 1957 (quadrennially and only celebrated in the District of Columbia), Columbus Day in 1968, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday in 1983.