Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union Veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.*
As you celebrate this weekend be sure to take a moment to remember those who have made this day, now a three day weekend, possible.
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