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Monticello Area Historical Society: Memorial Day Parade, 1919
Photo supplied by the Monticello Area Historical Society
Monticello's Memorial Day Parade, May 30, 1919. By proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major Memorial Day observance was held the 30th of May, 1868 to honor those who died "in defense of their country during the late rebellion." Known to some as "Decoration Day," mourners honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers.