Today is Julia Pierpont Day, named in honor of the woman who originated Decoration Day.
In 1866, Julia Pierpont, wife of the Governor of Virginia, noticed that the graves of Civil War soldiers in Richmond’s cemeteries looked neglected.
She started Decoration Day to show respect for those who had given their lives by tending to their final resting places.
Decoration Day provided the inspiration for Memorial Day. It takes place every year on the Saturday before the federal holiday. In 2005, it was proclaimed an official holiday in West Virginia.
Happy Julia Pierpont Day, Decoration Day and Memorial Day!