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Memorial Day
May 26, 2014
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Flag Etiquette | Memorial Day Links

 

Memorial Day at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee photoMemorial Day began to honor the soldiers who died during the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was first officially declared May 5, 1868 by a proclamation of Major General John A. Logan, the first President of the Grand Army of the Republic, by General Order No. 11 declaring May 30th as the day of observance.

Over 20 places claim to be the first to have observed "Decoration Day" beginning as early as April of 1866. One hundred years later for its' centennial, Waterloo, NY was named by President Lyndon Johnson and Congress as the "birthplace" of Memorial Day.

After World War I, Memorial Day began to honor the fallen from all American wars. It wasn't until 1971 that Congress made Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday of May. On December 28, 2000, President William Clinton signed the "National Moment of Remembrance Act," which designates 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance, in honor of the men and women of the United States who have died in pursuit of peace and freedom. Additionally, the Act created a White House commission on the National Moment of Remembrance to coordinate and encourage Memorial Day events.

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Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

On Memorial Day the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes. To display the flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half-way between the top and bottom of the staff.

General guidelines for displaying the flag

Flying the American flag at half staff

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Memorial Day Links

Veterans Pride brochure cover imageHistory of Memorial Day

Lincoln's Words

National Moment of Remembrance – May 27, 2013 3:00 p.m. local time

The Poppy – Flower of Remembrance

Quotes Honoring the Sacrifices of Veterans

The Story of Taps

Wisconsin's Fallen Heroes

Wisconsin Veterans Memorials

Wisconsin Veterans Populations

Photo Avenue of Flags displayed on Memorial Day at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Volunteers place U.S. flags on each grave and along the pathways each Memorial Day at Wisconsin's Veterans Memorial Cemeteries.
Shown here: Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery – Union Grove, WI