In 1868, when Major John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day be observed on May 30, he ordered his posts to decorate graves with the choicest flowers of springtime.
He further urged: We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. . . Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undi