Memorial Day 2013
Summer’s here. It’s Memorial Day — or
Decoration Day, as it’s been known. Officially time to start wearing khakis and light blue shirts, right?
On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans’ organization for Union Civil War veterans, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling forDecoration Dayto be observed annually and nationwide. It was observed for the first time that year on May 30; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle. According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.
The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed fromDecoration DaytoMemorial Day, which was first used in 1882.
So let’s get out there and have a beer and barbecue and raise and lower a flag halfway. And remember.