Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. “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. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
The Civil War Monument in Morristown, New Jersey was dedicated in 1871 to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War.
Inscriptions on the sides of the monument list battles of the Civil War inlcuding Antietam, Vicksburg, Appomattox, Shilo, Wilderness, Malvern Hill, Roanoke, Winchester, Gettysburg, Atlanta, Donelson and Cold Harbor.
Take a moment to remember the original reason for Memorial Day and the men and women who gave their lives for our country.
Have a great Memorial Day and enjoy the weekend whatever you’re doing.