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Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, TX

The article stated: "The first official observance of Decoration Day was May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery."

The custom of setting aside a day to decorate soldiers' graves was begun in the former Confederate States of America by Southern women. People in the North adopted it later.

David Lloyd-Jones
Toronto, 00


I think the discussion was about the United States.

Your bogus "Confederate States of America" may have decorated their graves, but then England, and France, and... and... predated them by quite a while.

This is all, of course, rather an odd discussion to hold in a Utah newspaper: in 1865 Utah still had another civil war yet to fight against the United States. I was charmed a few years ago when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrated roughly the centenary of Utah's war against the US by getting "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" up to Number One on the pop hit parade. Quite a marketing accomplishment.


Cedar City, UT

I dont think President Lyndon Johnson signed it in 1971. He was long dead by 1971.

Queen Creek, AZ

Lyndon Baines Johnson (/ˈlɪndən ˈbeɪnz ˈdʒɒnsən/; August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961–1963).

Queen Creek, AZ

My direct male line fought in the Battle of Olustee in Florida, and Henry Crawford Tucker Sr was in VA while George Washington was in command. These records will prove great value to my family and others.

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