Our stores will be closed this Sunday and Monday. We will re-open on Tuesday, June 1st at 10:am.
At the end of the Civil War, mourners from the North and South began placing flowers and flags on the graves of family members. That was the beginning of Decoration Day. Mr. John A. Logan, a retired confederate officer is credited with getting May 3oth set as the date for Decoration Day.
On the first national Decoration Day in 1868, 5,000 war widows, orphans and other mourners gathered in Arlington National Cemetery. They placed flowers and ribbons on the 20,000 graves of the union and confederate soldiers buried there.
After World War I and the loss of 130,000 US soldiers, the name Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day. The first unknown soldier was interred on Armistice Day in 1921.
Since then, every Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, this soldier and other unknown soldiers are honored with a wreath laying ceremony conducted by the President or Vice President of the United States.
Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 when Congress moved it from May 30th to the fourth monday in May, giving federal workers a 3 day weekend.
Through today, we have parades and vigils to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country.
To learn more about Memorial Day and other holidays, click on the follwing links:
Have a safe and happy weekend.
Brenda & Maggie