Did you know that before the official observance of a “memorial day”, at the close of the Civil War, women of the North and South would visit cemeteries in the Spring with fresh flowers to decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers? Some, seeing the neglected graves of the enemy who were buried nearby, were disturbed at the site of the bare graves and placed flowers on those as well. On May 5, 1868, three years after the war ended, Major General John Logan, head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans, declared “Decoration Day” to be observed each year on May 30th.
In 1966 Decoration Day changed to “Memorial Day”, and in 1971 Congress declared it a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. Observances have been held since throughout the United States to honor and remember all the men and women who serve this wonderful Country, and the thousands who have given their lives for our freedom.
Prescott will hold its annual Memorial Day observance in the historic Citizens’ Cemetery, 815 E. Sheldon Street, at 9:00am. The ceremony will include patriotic speeches, Color Guard, music, presentation of flags, and Volley and Echo taps. Please plan to join us as we honor our Heroes.