Strait On: Memorial Day – Then and Now

Photo courtesy of Rusty StraitRusty Strait. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior reporter The Grand Army of the Republic (an organization composed of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois after the Civil War) came up with the idea to decorate the graves of Union veterans with flowers. Before long, all Civil War dead were included in the tribute. On May 30, 1868, General John A. Logan declared that May 30 should be the day set aside to honor the men who gave up their lives “in defense of their country, during the late rebellion.” This date was chosen not because it was the anniversary of any particular battle, but rather, “an

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