Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but the true origin of the holiday has been obscured :
The holiday was not always called Memorial Day. When it got its start just after the Civil War, it was originally known as Decoration Day. Decoration Day began as a way to commemorate the overwhelming number of brave soldiers who had lost their lives in the Civil War.
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Photos Clockwise: Marque Davis Taps, Memorial to Lt. Colonel Merwin Clark, Canon firing by 19th Ohio Battery Light Artillery, Raising and lowering the flag, Boy Scouts Troop 801, Troop 6297, and Cub Scouts Packs 0409 and 0703
Woodland Cemetery, especially, honors of regiments that served in the Civil War including veterans of the United States Colored Troops. On June 24, 2012, the Woodland Cemetery Foundation unveiled a monument recognizing 63 African-American soldier burials recorded at Woodland--genealogical research may add more.
Make time for kids to understand their local history. Photos taken by a cell phone can be stitched together using Google Photos and printed out as memory books. Learn more from Ryan Horne at: