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Memorial Day Ceremony 2021

Memorial Day Ceremony 2021

The Sons of Union Veterans will be hosting a Memorial Day ceremony in the Civil War Section, Section 21. Please enter from Spring Grove Avenue and continue under the railroad arch for parking. Other Memorial Day weekend events will not be taking place this year.

Location Date Time Link
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum 5/31/2021 11:00am Link
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Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

It is believed that the end of May was chosen for the first Memorial Day because ”flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York, in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

Limited, spaced out seating will be provided under tents.  Please bring your own chair/blanket if possible.  Masks are required.  

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