Get Ready for Memorial Day

Our area has a rich history and tradition of celebrating Memorial Day, with the first large observance was held in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

This was 3 years after the Civil War ended when the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Fairfax County not only has a front row seat for the national events held in Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery, it is also home to many terrific events on its own.

We’ll profile local events all this week to help you plan your holiday weekend.



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