Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day, 2016

What do 2016, 1868 and 1922 all have in common? Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, was on May 30 for each of those years.

Decoration Day was said to be established May 30, 1868 by General John A. Logan, to honor all who lost their lives in the Civil War. Graves were decorated with flowers, and thus Decoration Day began. After WWI they began honoring all the dead of America's wars, and then in 1971 it became a national holiday. Read more about the history from History.com.

A few weeks ago I posted to Facebook an old newspaper article from 1922, advertising that Shenandoah Caverns was open on May 30, Decoration Day.

And again, on May 30, 2016, we think of those who have lost their lives so that we may continue to live ours. This Memorial Week, the Shenandoah Caverns Family extends great thanks to all who have served, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Their memory will hold a special place in our hearts forever.