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Memorial Day Flowers

If you drive by a national cemetery early next week you are certain to see an American flag placed at each grave. The flags, used as decorations for Memorial day, are part of a tradition started soon after the civil war. While flags are the most iconic decoration for this holiday, flowers also play an important part.


During the beginning of May in 1868, General John Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic declared May 30th to be “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion…” He went on to state “Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude,–the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.”(, 2017)
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