A Decoration Day Divided

I’ve been so absorbed in millinery lately, I haven’t spent as much time as I would like on the commemorative/memorial project. This post from Memorial Day, yesterday, reminded me that I really need to give it more attention to have enough together and ready for programs. Check out the vivid assortment of commemorative cards she shares.

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The holiday which we now commemorate as Memorial Day has its origins in the immediate years after the Civil War, when late-May rituals of remembrance and decoration of veterans’ graves emerged and evolved spontaneously and separately in both the North and the South. Given the prominent role played by the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in the official adoption of the holiday in the North in the later 19th century, a rather divided commemoration continued all the way up to World War I, which united the nation in remembrance, and widened its circle to encompass American veterans of all conflicts. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress and placed on the last Month of May. And thus we have our national commemoration and commencement of summer (although weather-wise, the latter might apply only to the North). When tracing the earlier history of…

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