A friend and I were discussing Memorial Day and he commented, “You know Memorial Day was first created to remember the soldiers that died in the Civil War. ”
And no, I didn’t know that.
So I googled. He was right. How did I not know this?
When was the first Memorial Day? Well the first huge gathering to honor fallen soldiers was on May 1, 1865.
According to professor David Blight of Yale University’s History Department, the very first Memorial Day was observed by former black slaves at the Washington Race Course in Charleston, S.C., at the end of the Civil War.