5-30-11: The History of Memorial Day
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.