It’s possible that Memorial Day began at Blandford Cemetery, stemming from an 1866 Decoration Day observance. Other cemeteries also hold a claim on the holiday, though. An active cemetery, Blandford is the final resting place of three centuries of civic leaders, businessmen, ordinary men and women, and soldiers from every war in which the United States has fought. Some Confederate generals and approximately 30,000 soldiers from Virginia battlefields are buried in the Memorial Hill section. Across the street is the African American People’s Memorial Cemetery, established in 1840.
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