Memorial Day Remembrance Parade
For over 80 years, Carroll Post 31 has remembered our fallen servicemen and women through the Memorial Day Remembrance Parade and Observance Ceremony in Westminster, MD. This parade is considered by many, to be the longest, consecutively run, parades in the country!
Join Carroll Post #31 - The American Legion as we continue this humbling tradition ensuring we always remember our fallen Heroes!
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HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY
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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Decoration Day was first recognized in 1868. That same year, Mary Bostwick Shellman, daughter of the first mayor of Westminster, gathered elementary school students and had them cut flowers from their gardens. They then marched up to the cemetery and placed the freshly cut flowers on graves of Civil War soldiers at Westminster Cemetery. This gracious act has carried on now for 147 years; this year will mark the 148th anniversary of this event, of which over 80 years has been conducted by Carroll Post 31 of The American Legion here in Westminster.