The History Channel tells us that
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.
Several bloggers are marking the day:
Blatherings has tribute and roundup freedom: priceless
Lance Fairchok at American Thinker: The Heroes That Dwelt Among Us
CatHouse Chat I remember and honor those who serve
Gerard van der Leun honors the other Gerard, The Name in the Stone, which he first published a few years ago.
Pamela has photos from Fleet Week in NYC.
Betsy: Honoring the dead
Special thanks to Larwyn for the links. The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean will be up in a few moments.