By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL
Fort Knox Commander
Decoration Day began on May 5, 1868, to commemorate the fallen Soldiers of the Civil War.
On that day, Gen. John Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:
The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.