Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day in 1868 to honor the Union military dead of the Civil War in the United States of America. The southern United States actually had a different day to honor their military dead and theirs was the first Memorial Day.
Over the years the days merged and Decoration Day became Memorial Day, a national holiday on the last Monday in May. On that day we honor those who have died in military service to the country. Years ago it started out by putting flowers on graves and that practice continues today in addition to adding flags.
It’s a time of reflection. Great sacrifices were made to preserve our liberty. We would not be what we are today without them.
Susan Hanniford Crowley