The Civil War, which had torn our nation apart, had come to an end. In Waterloo, NY, as in the rest of the nation, the great sacrifice of our most precious asset, our young men, weighed heavily on the minds of our citizens. During the fall of 1865, Henry C. Wells, a local Druggist, proposed that a commemoration be held to honor their sacrifice. Late in the winter of 1866, he enlisted the aid of General John B. Murray who immediately threw his support behind the proposal and on May 5, 1866 the first Memorial Day was held.
(h/t National Memorial Day Museum in Waterloo, NY)
On this post, let others show how it is done:
Thank you to the soldiers, veterans and troops who have sacrificed so we in America can live peacefully.
I salute you.