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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day Facts

We want to wish everyone and happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember those we have lost and pray for the safety of those who still serve. Here are some facts about Memorial Day:
1.       Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War.
2.       The first official state to recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890, the holiday was recognized by all of the northern states. The southern state followed suite after WWI.
3.       In July 1913, veterans of the US and Confederate armies gathered in Gettysburg to commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of the Civil War’s bloodiest and most famous battle.
4.       In 1966, Waterloo, N.Y. was officially declared the birth place of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson because the practice of decorating soldiers’ graves was first observed on May 5, 1866 and each year thereafter.
5.       In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day.

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