Memorial Day

Memorial Day,

or Decoration Day, began during the Civil War as a day to decorate with flowers, the graves of the Civil War dead. After World War I the celebration expanded to include the graves of the fallen from World War I as well. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday and in 2000 “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579 was signed into law dedicating 3pm on Memorial Day as a national moment of remembrance.

Our writers at Pomperaug Woods told us that they knew the day as Decoration Day and they would decorate the graves of loved ones who had died even those who had not been soldiers. You can read their stories below.

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