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May 25, 2007

Memorial Day

by @ 11:44 am. Filed under History

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of Memorial Day. It was first proclaimed in 1868 by leaders of the Grand Army of the Republic, the enormous post-war organization of Northern Civil War Veterans. There is some dispute about that being the origin of Memorial Day. Some say that even before the end of the Civil War, women in the Southern states had set aside a day in May to decorate the graves of veterans killed in the war. That event came to be known as Decoration Day. Eventually, all states - North and South - adopted the Memorial Day holiday. In Lowell, the city places small American flags at the graves of all veterans in the city’s cemetery. Local Veterans’ organizations hold a memorial ceremony at the Ladd and Whitney monument tomorrow in which they read off the names of all veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day, and then another ceremony takes place at the Lowell Auditorium. Many other similar events including parades in Andover and Tewksbury on Monday morning will also take place across the region. While initiated as a way to remember those killed in America’s wars, Memorial Day has expanded to include the remembrance of all relatives and friends who have died. It is certainly a worthwhile societal event and not just a reason for a three day weekend.

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