David Wells

This program traces the development of the Memorial Day holiday, beginning with its significance in the wake of the Civil War.

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This program traces the development of the Memorial Day holiday, beginning with its significance in the wake of the Civil War. Using slides of holiday mementos and photographs of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, the presentation shows how the Grand Army of the Republic rallied support for the holiday. The presentation contrasts the relative insignificance of the holiday today with the mania and reverence of earlier years, seeking to understand why these changes occurred.

Photo by Tequask: Pawnee County (Neb.) Courthouse decorated for Memorial Day 2002

David Wells

Title: Independent Historian

Email: wells55@msn.com

Phone: (402) 339-2936

City: Omaha


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