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Waterloo New York, The Birth Place of Memorial Day - OU074B

 The First Official Observance of Memorial Day

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N 42° 54.294' W 76° 52.022' (WGS84)

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 Location: United States > New York
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 22 June 2014
 Date Created: 22 June 2014
 Last Modified: 22 June 2014
 Waypoint: OU074B


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Decoration Day began with Southern widows decorating the graves of the fallen Confederate Soldiers. They soon noticed the graves of the Northern Soldiers were neglected and knew that the Northern widows would want the graves of their loved ones taken care of too. From this kind gesture, the observance of our national holiday grew to what it is today. The remembrance of all the fallen United Sates Military

The story of Memorial Day begins in the summer of 1865, when a prominent local druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War it would be well to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. Nothing resulted from this suggestion until he advanced the idea again the following spring to General John B. Murray. Murray, a civil war hero and intensely patriotic, supported the idea wholeheartedly and marshalled veterans' support. Plans were developed for a more complete celebration by a local citizens' committee headed by Welles and Murray.

On May 5, 1866, the Village was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black. Veterans, civic societies and residents, led by General Murray, marched to the strains of martial music to the three village cemeteries. There impressive ceremonies were held and soldiers' graves decorated. One year later, on May 5, 1867, the ceremonies were repeated. In 1868, Waterloo joined with other communities in holding their observance on May 30th, in accordance with General Logan's orders. It has been held annually ever since.

Waterloo held the first formal, village wide, annual observance of a day dedicated to honoring the war dead. On March 7, 1966, the State of New York recognized Waterloo by a proclamation signed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. This was followed by recognition from Congress of the United States when the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 587 on May 17th and May 19th, 1966 respectively. This reads in part as follows: "Resolved that the Congress of the United States, in recognition of the patriotic tradition set in motion one hundred years ago in the Village of Waterloo, NY, does hereby officially recognize Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day..."

On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Waterloo as the Birthplace of Memorial Day.

The posted coordinates will take you to a small park in Waterloo New York. There is plenty of street parking available. There is also a museum to the East of the park.
To log the cash you must find the pass word that is located on a ships anchor with an interesting history. The pass word is a date just underneath the weight of the anchor


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1 14 August 2014 Mr.Yuck Found it

And (drum roll) my prediction was correct! I'm actually staying in the town of Seneca Falls, but much closer to Waterloo than downtown Seneca Falls. Found the info no problem. What a great little park with lots of interesting memorials and stuff. TFTC!

3 22 June 2014 Mr.Yuck Comment

The OCNA webmaster plans on staying overnight in nearby Seneca Falls, after he attends a Kiss/Def Leppard show to the west of this in August, and while taking Mrs. Yuck to some Cayuga Lake Wineries (we've already done the Seneca Lake thing). He predicts an FTF for this virt, although it would be highly cool if he wasn't. I'll delete this if I am indeed the first person to find it in 6-7 weeks. Tongue out