Confederate Memorial Day. A day set aside in the South to pay tribute to
those who served with the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.
The founder of the Federal Memorial Day, Gen. John A. Logan (Commander
in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic), was so impressed with the way
the South honored their dead with a special day, he became convinced that
such a day must be created to honor Union dead. The battlefield graves all
around Richmond could be seen "marked with little white flags, faded wreaths
of laurel" where family and friends of Confederate soldiers had placed them.
Logan is reported to have been "deeply touched" and said "it was most fittting;
that the ancients, especially the Greeks, had honored their dead, particularly
their heroes, by chaplets of laurel and flowers, and that he intended to issue
an order designating a day for decorating the grave of every soldier in this
land, and if he could he would have made it a holiday." This of course was
done at a later date, thus our National Memorial Day.
The Confederate Memorial Day is observed on April 26 in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, and Mississippi; on May 10 in North Carolina and South Carolina; on
May 30 in Virginia; and on June 3 in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
May 30th, 1873.
"For Confederate descendants today, aside from our European and South
American compatriots, our "national identity" is now the United States of
While our national flag is the "Stars and Stripes", the flag representing a
significant part of our national origin is the "Stars and Bars" and all the rest of
the national flags of the Confederacy.
Let them all keep flyin, forever and in peace."
Author is unknown to me