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May 26, 2014

Decoration Day in St. Paul

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

Decoration Day in St. Paul

On this Memorial Day, we remember that the holiday was originally called Decoration Day and was started after the Civil War to commemorate those killed in the war. The name change happened gradually and became official only in 1968 with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

This Carte de Visite shows the first official Decoration Day parade held in St. Paul on May 30, 1870.

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