Another Memorial Day is almost upon us. Many people view Memorial Day as the annual passage from Spring to Summer. Memorial Day often means boating, beaches, and sunburns.
The true origination of Memorial Day is often forgotten in the hubbub of summertime fun. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day, is a holiday that was established as a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation.
Various cities and towns claim to have been the birthplace of Memorial Day. President Lyndon B. Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966. Below is an accepted timeline of the history of Memorial Day: