According to Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the Washington Race Course (today the location of Hampton Park), the historic race track in Charleston. The track became a mass grave for Union soldiers who died in captivity, as well as a a former prison camp for Confederate soilders. The freed slaves then moved the dead Union soldiers to individual graves. They also fenced in the graveyard and built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard.
The freed blacks and Union soldiers from the area also held a parade. The festivities were also followed by patriotic songs and a picnic.
This memorial day as we remember fallen soldiers let us also have in our mind God's True Soldiers. The men and women slain in the name of God. Those righteous martyrs who died before their time. John the Baptist, and even Himself.
Let us also bear in mind that God has memorial holidays. The passover is a memorial. Also the next coming Holy day is a memorial. And it is called the Memorial of the blowing of trumpets.
Ye shall do no servile work therein..." (Leviticus 23:23-25).
The ' is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the place of origin because it observed Memorial Day every year since 1866. and each year thereafter. Another major factor in the holiday's growthwas most likely the friendship between General John Murray, General John A. Logan, and a private citizen of Waterloo, which helped bring attention to the event nationwide.