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Where was the first Memorial Day celebrated?


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Luigi Torphy
2020-05-21 21:34:31
2020-05-21 21:34:31

According to federal legislation signed in 1966, Waterloo, New York, is the birthplace of Memorial Day, but there are a lot of other towns that claim the honor for themselves. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, for one, points to a 1864 gathering to honor those killed at Gettysburg as the first-ever Memorial Day, while Carbondale, Illinois, cites a parade in 1866 led by John Logan, who later helped bring the official holiday to fruition.


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pratanu banerjee
2020-05-28 09:04:24
2020-05-28 09:04:24

The federal legislation which has been signed in the year 1966. It was signed at a place known as Waterloo in New York. This is the origin of the Memorial Day.

We come to know about the other towns and they want respect. At a place known as Boalsburg in Pennsylvania, there was a crowd of people in 1864 for showing respect to people killed at a place known as Gettysburg. This was the initial Memorial Day.

On the other hand, Carbondale, located in Illinois, has the parade in the year 1866. The leader was John Logan. He had assisted in beginning the holiday official,y .


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Anonymous
2020-05-27 15:37:22
2020-05-27 15:37:22

I remember my father, who was born in 1915, talking about Decoration Day, which was the precursor to Memorial Day. I also read an article this weekend which stated a memorial day was held after The Civil War to honor the slain.


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2012-06-26 07:05:50
2012-06-26 07:05:50

The first Memorial Day was observed in 1866 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captive, during the US Civil War. The freed slaves re-interred the dead Union soldiers from the mass grave to individual graves, fenced in the graveyard & built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard; a very daring thing to do in the South shortly after the North's victory. On May 30 1868 the freed slaves returned to the graveyard with flowers they'd picked from the countryside & decorated the individual gravesites.

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