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No one is certain about the first Memorial Day. Some say the holiday began when Confederate women placed flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War at Boalsberg, Pa., or (in January 1866) at Columbus, Ga.
One source claims that the first Memorial Day service was held at Belle Island, a Union burial ground on the St. James River in Virginia, on May 30, 1866, with speeches by the mayor and school superintendent, the singing of hymns and the decoration of the graves with flowers.
It wasn't until 1966 that the federal government recognized Waterloo, N.Y., as the birthplace of Memorial Day when the town set aside May 5, 1865, to honor the war dead.
Memorial Day officially came into being, however, when Gen. John "Blackjack" Logan, commander of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) issued General Order No. 11, establishing Decoration Day, as it was then called, as a national holiday. Logan, a U.S. senator and Civil War general, today is recognized as the founder of Memorial Day.
Born in Murphysboro, Ill., on Feb. 9, 1826, John Alexander Logan was the eldest of the 11 children of John Logan, a Scotch-Irish immigrant from Northern Ireland and a prominent local physician. Sent by his father to the Shiloh Academy in Shiloh, Ill., in 1840, Logan excelled in oratory, a skill that would serve him well later on.