Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. The holiday was first proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. The South refused to acknowledge Decoration Day, honoring their dead on seperate days until after World War I. It is now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May.
Memorial Day Flag Etiquette - Flags should be at half-staff until noon.
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