"All we have of freedom, all we use or know, this our fathers bought us, long, long ago. Rudyard Kipling

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. One town making the claim is Petersburg, VA. On June 9, 1866, the first Decoration Day service was conducted by the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg in the Historic Bland Cemetery there. When Decoration Day became Memorial Day nationally, many Southerners refused to celebrate it - honoring their dead on separate days until after WWI - as it was another one of those pesky "Northern" holidays, in spite of its change from being an honor to Civil War soldiers to an honor for all who had fought for America. Today, we are grateful to everyone who "decorated" or "honored" as we can use the day to remember the sacrifices made for all of our freedoms.