Monday, May 25, 2009

Women Created "Decoration Day," the forerunner of what we know as "Memorial Day"

By Linda Meric

Today is Memorial Day, a day we have come to know as the start of summer fun: BBQs, street festivals, yard work and the like. But few know that this national holiday, enacted to commemorate those who have died in war, was actually created by women.

The women in the South who started "Decoration Day" did so to call for an end to the division in the aftermath the Civil War and to honor all those who had lost their lives in a war that pitted North against South.

As Joan Wages, president of the National Women's History Museum points out, the forgotten role that women played in the creation of Memorial Day is just one more example of how the true story of the contributions of women in this country remains untold.

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