Lancaster County PA Realty Check: What Do We Memorialize on Memorial Day?

What Do We Memorialize on Memorial Day?

FlagMemorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.  In 1865, following the Civil War, Henry Welles, a druggist in Waterloo, New York, suggested that the graves of fallen soldiers from the war be decorated in honor of their service to their country.  The town embraced the idea, and wreaths, crosses and flowers were placed on each grave.  Flags were flown at half mast.

In May of 1866 and 1867, other towns adopted the ceremony, and services and speeches were held at the cemetaries.  In 1868, the first official recognition of Decoration day was observed, with the date being changed from May 5th to May 30th.

1965 marked the centennial of Decoration Day, and it was decided to make the day a memorial to the fallen veterans of all wars, including WWI, WWII, and the ongoing war in Viet Nam.  The name of the day honoring all our veterans, past and present, became Memorial Day.

This holiday weekend, as we enjoy the spring weather at barbecues and parades with our friends and families, let's give thanks to the brave men and women who have kept our country free in a dangerous world.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBrian Schulman • May 25 2008 12:32PM


Good thoughts Brian.  We do honor our military, past, present and future.  Indeed we do. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Brian, thanks for the recap on the origins of Memorial Day. I bet most are unaware of its history. Have a good one yourself my friend!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Lenn, amen.

Gary, a very good one to you as well!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago