Decoration Day is the former name of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans.
Decoration Day continues as an annual observance at many southern graveyards. Folks gather to reconnect with family and the community, honor the memories of their ancestors, and place flowers on graves and donate to cemetery committees for upkeep of the cemetery. Traditionally, families would arrive on the day before Decoration Sunday with hoes and shovels for a graveyard workday. In private family graveyards they would scrape the ground, trim the grass, make new plantings, and prune old ones.
Decoration Day may also refer to:
- Decoration Day (album), a 2003 album by Drive-By Truckers
- Decoration Day at Old Soldiers' Home, a 1914 American film produced by Vitagraph Company of America
- Decoration Day (film), a 1990 American film based on a novel by John William Corrington
- "Decoration Day" (music), the 2nd movement of A Symphony: New England Holidays by American composer Charles Ives
- "Decoration Day" (song), a song by Sonny Boy Williamson, later performed by John Lee Hooker
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