Grave of the Week: Memorial Day

Grave of the Week: Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, I have a new article up at We’re History that tells the story of American history through twelve very different cemeteries across the country. Check it out!

The history of the holiday we know as Memorial Day is a convoluted one: many towns and cities claim to have originated the practice, and it arose in some ways simultaneously in several places as a response to the apocalyptic death toll of the Civil War. At that time it was called Decoration Day, in reference to decorations left at the graves of war dead. Over the century following the Civil War, and especially in the aftermath of the nation’s other defining conflict, World War II, it morphed into a more general day of remembrance for those who died in battle. Continue reading “Grave of the Week: Memorial Day”