Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memorial Day Trivia

One of the things you probably don't know about the Hawthorne Hotel is that one of our staff members is a well-known expert on things Civil War. Her name is Kristie Poehler, and she is our Director of Sales and Marketing.

She writes a newsletter on the Civil War, has written a book about it, and has even been featured on National Public Television.

So when I wrote the post on Memorial Day, she was quick to ask me if I knew the origin of Memorial Day. I guessed that it had to do with the Civil War, but she was quick to fill in the details for me. I thought you might be interested, too, fair blog reader, so here is what she sent me:

That was the war the holiday came out of, but it started in 1868 with General John Logan as a way to memorialize both the Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried at Arlington Cemetery. Logan was the first commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, the fraternal organization of former Union Civil War soldiers. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday and it became a national holiday in the North in 1890. The South celebrated it on different days until after WWI.

There you have it, folks!

Enjoy your holiday.


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