5-30-11: The History of Memorial Day

May 30, 2011 at 8:00 am 1 comment

This conversation originally aired May 23, 2008.

Today is the 143rd anniversary of Memorial Day. First known as Decoration Day, thousands of civilians and veterans gathered in cemeteries to honor those fallen in combat.

Sheilah speaks with amateur historian Peter Johnston about the origins of Memorial Day, and how they were first celebrated in Baltimore.

There are Memorial Day observations at Fort McHenry, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, and all over Maryland. The Baltimore Sun has compiled a list here.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. John Rath  |  March 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hello Sheilah (I’m not sure who wrote this :P)

    I enjoyed the show, thanks! I recently only found out about memorial day, thanks to this great post! You might enjoy it 🙂



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