|Arlington National Cemetery. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons|
The United States federal holiday of Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, was made official on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan. It was first observed 30 May that same year, when flowers were placed on the graves of over 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery; there were also events in 27 other states.
The first state to recognize the holiday was New York in 1873, and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1971 Congress made it a national holiday that would always land on the last Monday in May (although there have been efforts to change it back to landing permanently on 30 May since then).
To all the bloggers who live in the USA: Enjoy your holiday!
And to everyone, whether you're celebrating Memorial Day or not: Hope you have a great week ahead!
-----The Golden Eagle