What did “Memorial Day” used to be called?

I advise everyone who owns a computer and who can go online to search for the “History of Memorial Day”. But to get the best story, you have to know what Memorial Day used to be called. When I was young, which was ages ago, it was called “Decoration Day”, and that is what you must enter to do a search. You should get this:

Memorial-Decoration Day

I remember the parades downtown.

There is one downtown parade, on the square at Woodstock, IL (where the movie “Groundhog Day” was filmed, and where my wife’s father’s drug store was located, on the NE corner of the square). I will never forget only because of one marching unit, the way it was commanded. I see it now. It was an army unit, I’d say about 15 rows with about 15 soldiers in each row. They were the most disciplined of any ranks of soldiers I had ever seen and will never see again in my lifetime. At Camp Hood, TX, we marched, but never like that, more like a column of bunches.

They marched very tightly together, shoulder to shoulder, front to back. Every leg moved as one. The put down of each foot to the red paving bricks was exactly as one together, and loud. Tight and loud of foot, but eerily silent, for watchers and marchers. Bayonets fixed. Eyes and chins straight ahead. What a beautiful statement of honor, triumph, power, dedication, concentrated pride.

Stirring!

Magnificent!

Masterful!

Memorable!

Unforgetable. You should be so lucky to see such a “Decoration Day” procession.

Somewhere on another of my blogs, I have designed a Memorial Day Procession, not a parade — a “procession”, originally intended for Pueblo, Colorado. My article was published in the Pueblo newspaper.

A Memorial Day Procession

Never done.

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