Q & A by Simon Lam
Question: Memorial Day was created to honor fallen soldiers of what war?
- The Revolutionary War
- The War of 1812
- The Civil War
- Vietnam War
- Chickamunga War
- World War I
- World War II
- Korean War
Above: 1870 Decoration Day parade in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Above, Left to Right: Memorial Day, Boston by Henry Sansham; Political cartoon, 1900 by John T. McCutcheon. Caption: “You bet I’m goin’ to be a soldier, too, like my Uncle David, when I grow up.” Bottom Left to Right: Arlington National Cemetery: Tomb of the Unknowns; Tombs of the Soldiers.
Correct Answer: The Civil War
Veteran Communities in the North and South organized the first memorial days in 1865, laying flowers on headstones in the months after the war ended.
It originated as Decoration Day, after the American Civil in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.
The day eventually became known as Memorial Day and now honors American soldiers killed in all wars and conflicts.