WHEREAS, it is well documented that Memorial Day was founded by the ladies of Columbus, GA on April 26, 1866 and repeated each year thereafter;
WHEREAS, cities throughout the south joined in the tribute with some decorating the graves of Union soldiers displaying acts of reconciliation;
WHEREAS, the poem “The Blue and the Gray” based on these acts became a mainstay of Memorial Day observances for decades;
WHEREAS, former Union General John A. Logan spoke about these decorations on July 4, 1866;
WHEREAS, General Logan founded the holiday in the north on May 30, 1868, after the third decoration day in the south;
WHEAREAS, the facts of the origin of the holiday have finally been compiled and published by Daniel A. Bellware and Dr. Richard Gardiner;
WHEREAS, their accomplishments are worthy of special recognition by this Council.
TINY B. WASHINGTON, CLERK TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON, MAYOR