Memorial Day

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    Yes...Know Your History! That's the problem. With the advent of the internet people are making up their own histories.

    http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2

    The OP is a good example of truth mixed with error/speculation but presented as historical fact. It is a concern because much of our history is giving away to myth so quickly.

    "Although contemporaneous accounts from the Charleston Daily Courier describe and document the 1865 ceremony that took place there, and the event was one the earliest known observances similar to what we would now recognize as Memorial Day, whether it was truly the first such ceremony, and what influence (if any) it might have had on later observances, are still matters of contention. Professor Blight termed it "the first Memorial Day" because it predated most of the other contenders, but he noted he has no evidence that it led to General Logan’s call for a national holiday in 1868: "I'm much more interested in the meaning that’s being conveyed in that incredible ritual than who's first," he said."

    http://www.snopes.com/military/memorialday.asp
     
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