We’re looking forward to Memorial Day at The Manse on Marsh, because we’re especially fortunate to have 15 Veterans as residents in our independent and assisted living senior community. To honor them, veterans and active duty men and women everywhere, and to remember their fallen comrades, The Manse will be hosting a Memorial Day celebration from 2-3 pm.
The event is open to the public, and will feature Kindred Spirits, who will provide wonderful singing for our attendees.
We hope you’ll join us in honoring the brave men and women who help ensure that Americans enjoy the precious freedoms that make this country great.
To help you get ready for the festivities, The Manse on Marsh offers some history of this special holiday:
1. Following the Civil War, many families and communities began creating memorials for fallen soldiers.
2. In 1862, General John. A Logan, leader of an organization of Civil War vets from the North, called for a national day of remembrance on May 30 of that year: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
3. The holiday was first called Decoration Day, and was originally set by General Logan for May 30th because it wasn’t the anniversary of any previous battles.
4. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield spoke to a crowd of more than 5000, who gathered to decorate the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
5. Over time, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day, with every state in the North celebrating on May 30, while the South held separate days of observance.
6. During World War I, as the US was involved in another major conflict, Memorial Day observances expanded to commemorate all American military personal who died in conflict.
7. Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30th until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Aside from establishing Memorial Day as the last Monday in May, the law declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
8. A national moment of remembrance is held each Memorial Day at 3 pm local time.