Memorial Day: Serving Those Who Served Us

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day after the American Civil War to honor the Union soldiers who died during that war. Its origins go back to the South when in the late Spring or early Summer, relatives wood clean the cemeteries where their loved ones were buried decorating them with flowers. There would often be a religions ceremony and "dinner on the ground", a noon potluck served on the grounds of the cemetery. In the South after the Civil War, the graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated with Confederate flags. The tradition spread to the North and over time the holiday became Memorial Day and would honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Services.


Alfred Rudolph Waud, Anglo-American, 1828-1891
American Soldiers at the Eiffel Tower, August 25, 1944
Vojtěch Preissig, Czech, 1873-1944