Memorial Day didn't become an official National Holiday until 1971 although it has been celebrated for over 100 years as Decoration Day.
Civil War General John Logan chose May 30th for the first Decoration Day as a day of remembrance of Civil War veterans hoping it would help mend the relationship between the North and the South. There were no civil war battles on that day and it was a time of the year when flowers would be in bloom throughout the nation.
Here are a few Memorial Day Quotes:
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -Joseph Campbell
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. -Thomas Campbell
For love of country they accepted death… -James A. Garfield
The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -William Havard
I spent the day with my mother, my daughter, and my younger son driving to Santa Fe National Cemetery to visit the graves of my father and my father-in-law, leaving a couple of red roses on each grave.We were a little surprised at the number of unknown graves there. We counted a dozen or so in one area.
Then we drove back to Albuquerque and visited my husband's final resting place, leaving four red roses with him.