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Columns

Picturing the Past With ... the St. Charles History Museum

In 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, who led an organization of Union Civil War veterans, declared that the last Monday in May be set aside “... for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

Decoration Day was born.

In 1968 – 100 years after Gen. Logan’s first declaration – Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, officially establishing the last Monday in May as a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America.

Throughout the years, St. Charles has heeded the call to remember.

For instance, did you know that 177 soldiers and six nurses from St. Charles fought in World War I? About 2,200 Union troops, many of whom were from St. Charles, trained at what is now Langum Park and fought in many significant engagements during the Civil War, including Gettysburg. Revolutionary War veterans have also made the St. Charles area their final resting place.

These are just a few of the wonderful local stories and connections that we can proudly claim as part of our local heritage and as part of our unique story of St. Charles.

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