Today in History: Memorial Day

Memorial Day, May 30th
Today in History–May 30–the Library of Congress features Memorial Day, first celebrated on this day in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried. Learn more about this national day of observance celebrating those who died in defense of the United States by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources.

Featured Image: Memorial Day (from Puck magazine)

Featured Image: Memorial Day, Honor the Brave

Memorial Day images

Memorial Day sheet music

The Blue and the Grey: A Memorial Day Poem (audio)

Vision of War: Memorial Day speech (audio)

Memorial Day oral histories

Memorial Day books and texts

Memorial Day – Its Origin The Jasper News (Jasper, Mo.), 29 May 1919

More Memorial Day historical newspaper coverage

Memorial Day legislation

Library of Congress Memorial Day blog posts