We hope it’s been a wonderful Memorial Day weekend filled with family, friends, and warm memories. Memorial Day has been celebrated in the U.S. for almost 150 years now – it was first made official in 1868, when Decoration Day was designated by Civil War Commander in Chief, John A. Logan, as a day for “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” For the first 50 years this holiday was honored by the Union States, with the South honoring their fallen soldiers on a different date. After World War I, the holiday’s focus shifted to a day for honoring those fallen during any war and has been celebrated by the entire nation ever since.
If your ancestor served in the Civil War, you can learn more about him through a great website hosted by the National Park Service, at http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm.
If your ancestor lived during World War I, you may find his draft registration information through FamilySearch’s website, at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1968530.
We want to remind you that our 10 year anniversary sale closes at the end of this month. Contact us to take advantage of our great discounts!