History of Memorial Day: Origins and Evolution


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Memorial Day began after the Civil War (1861-1865). Communities held memorial services for Civil War casualties.

Memorial Day began on May 30, 1868. Union military graves were decorated with flowers on Decoration Day.

Logan created Decoration Day in 1868. It wasn't a war anniversary, thus May 30 was picked.

"Memorial Day" replaced "Decoration Day." After WWII, "Memorial Day" became popular.

Memorial Day initially honored Union Civil War dead. After World War I, it included all American military casualties.

Over time, Memorial Day has grown to honor all military soldiers who died, even peacetime servicemen.

Memorial Day is a time for the country to reflect on and honor the military's past sacrifices.


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