|Gettysburg National Cemetery|
But Wikipedia, which is always right about everything, says that the first time Memorial Day was observed was on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, South Carolina. And what happened that day was that a group of former slaves decorated the graves of 257 Union soldiers at Washington Race Course. And that was the beginning of Decoration Day, which is what the holiday was originally called.
|General John Logan|
The first state to recognize the new holiday was New York, in 1873, and by 1890, all the northern states had recognized it. But the South did not want to do something just because the North was doing it, so each southern state decided on its own date for Decoration Day.