Just three years after the Civil War, we of the United States, began to celebrate Decoration Day to remember all, both Confederate & Union, who had died fighting. Families would gather together to decorate the graves of their loved ones and maybe have a potluck with a quilt or cloth spread on the ground.
That was in1868 when Major General John A. Logan announced the new holiday, called Decoration Day, that would be observed on May 30th at Arlington National Cemetery.
After World War I Decoration Day was changed to honor all who had died serving their country; not just the Civil War. In 1971 Congress officially declared the last Monday in May a national holiday - Memorial Day. Many of us consider the long weekend the start of summer. We will go away for the weekend, work on home improvement projects, and bbq with friends and family. Some of us will visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of the fallen or attend a parade honoring the true meaning of the day.
Do have fun with friends & family, but also stop for a moment and remember all the men and women who died serving us and our country.
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We are three generations living together and running a busy little vintage shop on the California coast. Our Chronicles is a tiny little peek into how we spend our days at home, the shop, antique hunting, and more