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Woodlawn Cemetery

The first Memorial Day was started by General John A. Logan on May 5, 1868 in Carbondale, Il. at Woodlawn Cemetery. Soldiers got the idea when they saw a widow bringing flowers to decorate a Civil War grave in Crab Orchard Cemetary (near Carbondale). By General Order No. 11,, Congress made Memorial Day an official holiday.

This gravestone of Daniel Brush. is located in the center of Woodlawn Cemetary, Carbondale, Il. He was killed February 1890 while helping to cut down a large tree from the property set aside to build Brush Elementary School. A rope was tied around his waist to help guide the tree, but as it fell, the tree catapulted him into the air.



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last updated: 01/15/08