Memorial Day, primarily called beautifying Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died military value for the United States.Many towns and cities have laid claim to have begun Memorial Day, though in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day, where the village held an event on May 5th 1866. It is known that other informal observations took place before that, such as on May 1st 1865 (two weeks before the end of the Civil War), newly freed slaves in get down, South Carolina, held a ordinance reburying fallen Union soldiers with a proper burial.
While there is some dispute as to the origin of the day, the first Decoration Day was observed on May 30th 1868, underproclamation by General John A. Logan, national head person of the Grand Army of the Republic. The first official recognizing involved placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery with Pre-President James Garfield delivering a speech.
National Memorial Day Concert
1)The concert, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, features a mix of dramatic readings, documentary footage, and live musical performances, along with an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors, and musical artists.
2) It’s broadcast on live on PBS and the American Forces Radio and Television Network for those serving around the world in hundreds of countries and aboard Navy ships at sea.
Some believe that an annual cemetery decoration practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea. Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are still held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors, as well as those who died more recently, are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather, put flowers on graves, and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like “dinner on the grounds”, the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church.