Today, on Memorial Day, we honor our fallen heroes. Memorial Day originated from the Civil War, the deadliest war in American History. In 1868, John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as Decoration Day. In the 1880s, Decoration Day came to be known as Memorial Day where the sacrifices of our Nation's fallen soldiers are recognized. One tradition includes decorating soldiers’ graves with memorial tributes.
The image is of Clara Gregorie, a Gold Star Mother being honored at a Memorial Day observation at Springfield Armory in 1945. The gold star on the top indicates the number of deaths from family members of Armory employees who died in World War II. The blue star on the bottom indicates those who served who or were currently serving in the military.