It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemoration was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
Happy Memorial Day!
Monday, May 25th, is a holiday, the District Office will be closed. We will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26th.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!