Memorial Day

Memorial Day (HM54Y)

Location: Waterloo, NY 13165 Seneca County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 54.268', W 76° 52.032'

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Historic New York

Historic New York
Memorial Day

On May 5, 1866, the residents of Waterloo held the first complete,community-wide observance of Memorial Day. They dedicated the entire day to honoring the Civil War dead in a solemn and patriotic manner. Throughout the village, flags, draped in mourning, flew at half mast. Ladies prepared wreaths and bouquets for each veteran's grave. Businesses closed, and veterans, civil organizations and townspeople marched to the strains of martial music to the village cemeteries. There, with reverent prayers and patriotic ceremonies, the tradition of Memorial Day was born.

Henry C. Welles, a prominent citizen, first proposed the idea for a day completely devoted to honoring the Civil War dead. General John B. Murray, the Seneca County Clerk, who had commanded the 148th New York Infantry Regiment in the war, quickly advanced the thought and marshaled community support. Since that year, Waterloo has annually observed Memorial Day. New York, in 1873, became the first state to proclaim Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, as it was originally called, a public holiday.

In May 1966, a joint resolution by the United States Congress and a proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson officially recognized Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
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HM NumberHM54Y
Series This marker is part of the New York: Historic New York series
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Placed ByNew York State Education Department
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:10pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 347570 N 4751897
Decimal Degrees42.90446667, -76.86720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 54.268', W 76° 52.032'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 54' 16.08" N, 76° 52' 1.92" W
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Area Code(s)315
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 US-20, Waterloo NY 13165, US
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