Memorial Day came about as a result of Decoration Day, a time for the nation to decorate the graves of Civil War veterans with flowers.
Decoration Day was first celebrated three years after the Civil War, on May 5, 1868, and created by the head of an organization of Union veterans.
It was declared by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30, as flowers would be in bloom all over the country at this time of the year.
Officially, the birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, NY. However, many cities in the North and the South claim to be the birth place, including Columbus, Mississippi, Macon and Columbus, Georgia as well as Richmond, Virginia.
Initially Memorial Day was a day to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War, but after WWI it was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars.
In December of 2000, the US Congress passed and the President signed into law the, “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.”
The act was intended to encourage all citizens to take a moment to remember the fallen soldiers of all American wars by pausing for a minute of silence on Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time.
So now you know.