He was an old man, and reminded Saxon of the sort she had been used to see in Grand Army processions on Decoration Day
The Liberian leader commenced the observance of Decoration Day
with a visit to the Thinkers Village Cemetery where he used the occasion to pay homage to his late Mother, Anna Quaye-Weah.
I look forward to the newspaper on Memorial Day every year, because David Blight, the historian, always has a piece in syndication about the first Memorial Day--how it was created as Decoration Day
by former slaves in South Carolina, who started trying to remember the Union dead there.
On Decoration Day
(May 30) 1883, both the National League and American Association scheduled four teams/two cities doubleheaders.
First called Decoration Day
, it is a date set aside in 1868 to remember the men and women who lost their lives in wars fought in the then short history of our beloved country.
Memorial Day was first observed as Decoration Day
in May 1868, and--though the name has changed -- the day still reminds Americans to reflect on the sacrifice and honor of the men and women who gave their lives in defense of the country.
was transformed gradually to Memorial Day beginning in 1882.
In Liberia, they call it Decoration Day
, a time of pain, celebration and memory when people visit graveyards to honor their dead, cleaning the graves, whitewashing them or painting them in bright colors.
Bowing to public pressure for unity, Congress finally made Decoration Day
a federal holiday in 1888.
Originally being from the UK, Brown was not aware that Memorial Day began as Decoration Day
, and according to David Blight, an award-winning Professor of American History at Yale University, was first widely recognized by the public on May 1, 1865 when almost 10,000 people cleaned up and laid flowers at an unmarked burial field in Charleston, South Carolina.
It was erected in 1873 to serve as a location for patriotic meetings in celebration of Decoration Day
(later renamed Memorial Day), which had been established in 1868.
On the second Wednesday of March each year, Liberians flock to cemeteries to honor their deceased loved ones on a public holiday known as National Decoration Day
, scrubbing the headstones of relatives, clearing away brush from graves and decorating them with flowers and other mementoes.