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Origin of Memorial Day

Henry Carter Welles of Waterloo, New York was credited for suggesting a national memorial day. Although Henry was a well known druggist at the time, he would probably be forgotten today by all but descendants except for a comment that he made to townspeople in the summer of 1865. At a social gathering, Henry suggested that a day should be set aside to honor the dead of the Civil War. The next year, he repeated his suggestion to General John B. Murray. The two men and a group formed of local citizens gained the support of the village, and on May 5, 1866, the first complete observance of Memorial Day took place in Waterloo, NY.

The Centennial Committee, formed in

Waterloo for the 100th observance in 1966, found the newspapers of the time gave Henry credit for suggesting the first Memorial Day. Henry C. Welles died in July, 1868, but had lived long enough to see Memorial Day nationally proclaimed by General John Logan of the G.A.R. by the famous general order 11 issued on May 5th, 1868.

Whereas the city, Petersberg in Virginia is proud to claim being 'the inspiration for and origin of the National Memorial Day', the village of Waterloo, Seneca County, New York was officially recognized as the place where the first memorial services were held after the Civil War.

The Memorial Day is observed on the Last Monday in May.

One of the most enduring images of World War II, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the American Flag on top of Mount Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima. While many people refer to it as the "Iwo Jima Memorial" the statue is in fact the United States Marine Memorial. Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize winning photograph was selected to represent all Marines near Arlington National Cemetery. The 32-foot tall cast bronze statue was designed by Felix W. de Weldon and formally opened by President Dwight D. Eishenhower in 1954. (

Jo-Ann Hornyak of Somers, Connecticut, placed 2,231 American flags next to the Memorial Garden at the Somers Congregational Church in October. Each flag represents a soldier who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hartford Courant Photo By Stephen Dunn

Arlington Cemetery and The President and First Lady Laura Bush pause before the laying of the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2001.

Patriotic Quotes

We make war that we may live in peace.
- Aristotle

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
- Carl von Clausewitz

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
- Sun Tzu

The purpose of War is peace - St Augustine

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. - Albert Einstein

(The Civil War) created in this country what had never existed before a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union; it was the rebirth of the Union.
Memorial Day Address (1915]   - Woodrow Wilson

Freedom is not free, its price was paid by those who gave their lives for it in history. We all are the beneficiary. - MWSearch 

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