History Moment By William “Doc” Halliday

Memorial Day

Memorial dayLet’s not confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is the holiday for remembering those men and women who have died while serving our country in one of our Armed Forces. On the other hand, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all those who have worn the uniform of one of our military branches.

While some people believe that Decoration Day was started after the Civil War, they are
mi s t a k e n . M e m o r i a l Day was initially known as Decoration Day, but the practice
started much earlier than the Civil war; thousands of years earlier.

Over 3,000 years ago the Medes were burying their dead in gardens in order to keep them close to those who remained alive. They occupied an area that is now Northwestern Iran and Southeastern Turkey. They were the predecessors of the
Kurds who occupy that area today.

This practice was embraced and copied by the Phoenicians. The Grecians copied this practice from the Phoenicians, and the Romans derived their version of it from the Grecians. In Rome, eminent individuals were buried in gardens, or in fields near public roads. The purpose was to enable the decoration of their monuments with flowers. Baskets of lilies and violets were placed in the graves of married individuals.
Single women would had roses placed in their grave.


Throughout the Roman Empire…

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