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Logan's Memorial Day Order Plaque


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Bronze plaque with relief portrait and text.


general orders
no. 11
headquarters, grand army of the republic
washington, d.c., may 5, 1868
   i. the 30th day of may, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or other-
wise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late re-
bellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the
land. in this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their
own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
   we are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of
preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the
soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." what can aid more to
assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their
breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? their soldier lives were the reveille
of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms.
we should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. all that the consecrated wealth and
taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the
memory of her slain defenders. let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds.
let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. let
no vandalism of avarice of neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming gen-
erations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.
   if other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it
well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
   let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above
them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor;
let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charge
upon the nation's gratitude, – the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
   ii. it is the purpose of the commander-in-chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up
from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. he earnestly
desires the public press to call attention to this order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of com-
rades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
   iii. department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.
   by command of–

n.p. chipman,
adjutant general
john a. logan,

presented by the woman's relief corps
department of colorado and wyoming
auxiliary to the grand army of the republic, 1927


John Alexander Logan (Murphysboro, Illinois, 1826 - Washington D.C., 1886), American soldier and political leader. He is regarded as the founder of Memorial Day, a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War - it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic - the organization for Northern Civil War veterans - Logan issued a proclamation that Decoration Day should be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. (Wikipedia).

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