By 1890, all of the northern states had made Decoration Day an official state holiday, celebrated on May 30--a date chosen because it was not the anniversary of any battle. Decoration Day evolved to honor not just the Civil War dead but all who died in war. After World War II, people started calling the holiday Memorial Day instead of Decoration Day, but the name was not officially changed until 1967. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.
|Decoration Day Parade, Chicago 1912|