Woodlawn Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member NoLemon
N 37° 43.600 W 089° 12.673
16S E 305130 N 4177790
Quick Description: This Carbondale cemetery figures prominently in the history of establishing the Memorial Day holiday celebrated annually in the US.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2006 7:24:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMPNQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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Woodlawn Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration

On April 29, 1868, over 200 veterans and several thousand citizens gathered at Woodlawn Cemetery to honor those who had died in the Civil War. General John A. Logan delivered the keynote address, saying "Every man's life belongs to his country, and no man has the right to refuse when his country calls for it." This memorial service influenced Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, to issue G.A.R. General Order No. 11 on May 5, 1868. This order instructed his comrades to observe May 30, 1868, and successive May 30ths, as decoration day by "strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."

City of Carbondale and the Illinois State Historical Society, 2001

County: Jackson

Historical Society: Illinois State Historical Society

Dedication Date: 2003

Location: 405 E. Main

Website: [Web Link]

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