It is only fitting that this week’s Throwback Thursday post is all about Memorial Day. Thanks to the Manchester Historic Association‘s archives, I was able to find some pretty awesome photos of remembrance celebrations from Manchester’s past. It wouldn’t be a Throwback Thursday post, of course, without a little history lesson too! Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called ‘Decoration Day?’ Or that it was initially to celebrate just those who died in the Civil War?
Read all about Memorial Day’s history below!
I hope you have a nice long weekend and that you enjoy this week’s post!
Memorial Day 2014 Events:
- The 2014 Memorial Day parade will march down Elm Street beginning at 2pm on Monday, May 26th
- The Fishercats will have fireworks on Friday (May 23) and Saturday (May 24) nights. Additionally, they’ll be giving out mini-American flags to the first 1,000 fans of Monday’s game. You can buy tickets here
- The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing a Memorial Day concert at the Palace Theatre at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 24th. Tickets here
A little history about the holiday…
“The head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”
Decoration Day continued to honor those who died in the Civil War. “It was not until after World War I…that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.” Under President Nixon, “in 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day.” At this time it was also declared to be the last Monday in May every year.