I have no idea what Fairfield may have done to celebrate the first Memorial Day, designated by Union General John A. Logan on May 30, 1868. I can certainly visualize the ladies and gentlemen of our town spreading colorful flowers or decorating the graves of their fallen family members and friends, who fought in the Civil War. But I’m assuming that if the day was warm and sunny, the town of Fairfield eventually created various celebrations, picnics and a parade to honor all soldiers.
According to information I found from the National Museum of the United States Army, General Logan deserves much of the credit for the establishment of Memorial Day. “The first national celebration of the holiday took place at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried. Originally called Decoration Day, at the turn of the century, it was designated as Memorial Day. In many American towns, the day is celebrated with a parade.