We are at a time where our nation is so divided. Today, on Memorial Day, it gives me hope that this day of commemoration came out of the most divided our country ever was (the Civil War). The 1st Memorial Day was when “thousands of freedmen, including almost 3,000 black schoolchildren, gathered to decorate the graves [of Union soldiers] with flowers and beautify the graveyard.” Still hopeful for this great nation.
I found this really cool page where I learned the history of Memorial Day. And had to share it.
You asked, we answered: Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? A Civil War military history researcher explains where Memorial Day celebrations came from. Pic above links to page.