The United Veterans Council of Jamestown members ask that you reflect on what Memorial Day means to you. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is believed that several organized groups were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War, which shows it likely has many separate beginnings. However, each gathering to honor the war dead in the 1860s brought about a growing movement of heartfelt need to honor the veterans who died in service to our country. In his General Order 11, on May 5, 1868, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. On May 30, 1868 Memorial Day was first observed. It wasn't until 1971 that Memorial Day observance was switched to the last Monday in May to ensure a three-day weekend for Federal holidays.