Saturday, May 27, 2006
Several U.S. towns claim to have held the first Memorial Day ceremony or to have been the crucible for the idea of the national Memorial Day. Perhaps the most legit claim for the origins of Memorial Day in the U.S., because it is written authority, is General Order No. 11, issued by General John A. Logan after the Civil War. General Logan hailed from Southern Illinois, and his Order is read every year at the Memorial Day ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetary in Carbdonale, Illinois, one of the claimants to the first such ceremony.