Memorial Day
was originally known as Decoration Day (for decorating the graves of the Civil War dead, which decimated over 600,000 Americans, nearly 2% of the total population of the Union and Confederacy), but at the turn of the century it was designated as Memorial Day. The first observance took place on May 30, 1868. In 1971 its observance was extended to honor all soldiers who died in American wars. At Arlington National Cemetery a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and each grave is decorated with a small American flag.

Other bloggers posting on Memorial Day: Hans Bricks, Enlighten NJ, Chrenkoff, Blackfive, and Mudville Gazzette.
Update Don’t miss Roger’s photos.
My Newz ‘n Ideas blogs about Memorial Day, too.

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  1. Rosemary Says:

    Gosh, thanks for the link.

    It was very nice of you to give a little history lesson to others who may not know.

    Knowledge is priceless. We sometimes feel it slipping away, but then we are surprised by how much the children really do know.

    The only problem I have is that the schools are now government institutions, and they teach against the American values. Go figure. They must have taken all the protesters from the 60′s and put them in the schools as teachers! Aarrgghh!

    Our children are bright, and they can see through all of this. Most of them anyway. Have a very Happy Memorial Day. Do not ever forget, we fought together to rid the world of tyrrants. We are doing it again. Be proud. God bless you.

  2. DagneyT Says:

    Rosemary is so correct! Schools, and their attendant teacher unions, do not teach history. As far back as when I was in school, the Democrat party was given credit for civil rights legislation, when it was actually the GOP who began putting out legislation in 1888!

    Let the truth become known!

  3. Fausta Says:

    One nice site to link to is Today in History. Some of their choices for the day’s history are not quite what I’d pick, but it’s worth a daily read. Great for kids, too.