Decoration Day


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Decoration Day

n.
A former name for Memorial Day.
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Memo′rial Day`


n.
1. Formerly, Decoration Day. the last Monday in May, a U.S. holiday in remembrance of members of the armed forces killed in war.
2. Also called Confederate Memorial Day. any of several days similarly observed in various southern states.
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Noun1.Decoration Day - legal holiday in the United States, last Monday in MayDecoration Day - legal holiday in the United States, last Monday in May; commemorates the members of the United States armed forces who were killed in war
legal holiday, national holiday, public holiday - authorized by law and limiting work or official business
May - the month following April and preceding June
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References in classic literature ?
He was an old man, and reminded Saxon of the sort she had been used to see in Grand Army processions on Decoration Day.
Grave Decoration Day, however, is not held on the "official" day.
Sigal gave the history of Memorial Day explaining that it was originally known as Decoration Day; it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
-Memorial Day was initially called Decoration Day. During that time, the holiday allowed participants to decorate the graves of fallen servicemen with flags, wreaths and flowers.
25 (1866) The nation's first Decoration Day was held at Columbus by the town's women who placed flowers on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers.
He commenced the observance of Decoration Day with a visit at the Thinkers Village Cemetery where he paid homage to a friend indeed.
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.
The Civil War had ended three years prior, and the Grand Army of the Republic wanted to establish Decoration Day - a day to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
On Decoration Day (May 30) 1883, both the National League and American Association scheduled four teams/two cities doubleheaders.
"Decoration Day was originated after the American Civil War when the Grand Army of the Republic set the date aside as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead.
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.