Decoration Day


Examples of Decoration Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Memorial Day originally was established as Decoration Day to commemorate those who lost their lives while fighting in the Civil War. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2024 There’s little controversy over the first national observance of what was then called Decoration Day. Ben Finley, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 Originally known as Decoration Day, the annual remembrance first focused on Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans before expanding to all veterans through the 20th century. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023 Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a time of remembrance for those who died in service to their country. Leada Gore |, al, 29 May 2023 Once anointed as Decoration Day — and commemorated as a federal holiday in 1971 — the long-standing tradition of memorializing those killed while serving in the U.S. military got its origin from the Civil War. Kye Graves, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2023 On May 5, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, the tradition of placing flowers on veterans’ graves was continued by the establishment of Decoration Day by an organization of Union veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 26 May 2023 Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, has been a federal holiday since 1971. The Enquirer, 26 May 2023 On May 30, 1868, a group of Union veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), organized the first major Decoration Day and declared that it should be celebrated annually on the same date. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2022

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Word History


from the custom of decorating graves on this day

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Decoration Day was in 1871

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“Decoration Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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