Where did Memorial Day originate?

Though many celebrate and pay tribute to fallen soldiers throughout the year, Memorial Day has been designated as the day Americans remember and honor the men and women who have died in service of this nation.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because of the decorating of the grave, however, some may wonder where this tradition originated, and many towns in the Eastern U.S. eagerly stake that claim.

According to the Civil War Center, here are 13 towns with stories claiming that Memorial Day began within their city borders by their citizens.
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