Memorial Day from the history books

Memorial Day 2015 - Green Hills Memorial Cemetery, Burlington WA

Memorial Day 2015 – Green Hills Memorial Cemetery, Burlington WA

Beginning as Decoration Day soon after the Civil War, Memorial Day is in May because of the abundance of flowers in bloom for decorating graves of soldiers.  It became a federal holiday to be observed the last Monday in May in 1971.  This year’s amazing sunshine bringing us an abundance of healthy fresh bouquets to once again take time to remember those who gave their lives.  For some additional history including references to the first news accounts of such observances, see the article in one of our online reference books.

 

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