Women and Memorial Day

via National Women’s History Museum.  Since this is a holiday weekend, I’m posting their message verbatim:

“NWHM celebrates this year’s Memorial Day through a mini-documentary recognizing the significant roles women played in the holiday’s origin. In the aftermath of the Civil War, women worked to transcend the horrors of war by bringing civility and peace to a wounded nation. Let this holiday be a reminder of women’s many inspirational roles in shaping our nation.

Women were instrumental in creating this annual holiday–from the establishment of the first Memorial Associations following the Civil War to collecting flowers for what is sometimes still called “Decoration Day.” One of the earliest leaders in the movement to create Memorial Day was Ellen Call Long. Just weeks after the Civil War ended in 1865, she organized a women’s memorial society to reconcile embittered enemies. On June 22, 1865 the memorial society created a resolution which led to the creation of Memorial Day.

To view the video, go to http://www.nwhm.org/about-nwhm/press/featured-press/memorial-day.

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The National Women’s History Museum affirms the value of knowing Women’s History, illuminates the role of women in transforming society and encourages all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future. Founded in 1996, NWHM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501 (c) 3.”

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