"Happy" Memorial Day?
It’s May 30 th , so Happy Memorial Day! (if that really is the appropriate greeting for this Day of Remembrance) There appears to be some confusion about this day. History teaches: Memorial Day - originally known as Decoration Day - was officially proclaimed on May 5 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. In 1915 , inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem: We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies. She then conceived the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, a