Memorial Day, Cemetery with flags

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day this year is celebrated on Monday, May 30. Memorial Day honors all those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. It was originally known as Decoration Day, and was first celebrated to honor those Union soldiers who died during the Civil War.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

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Memorial Day celebrations around Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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