Officially, the community that started Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York – in May 1866, the community spent the entire day honoring those killed in the Civil War by placing wreaths and flowers at their graves, then holding a parade, giving speeches and flying flags at half staff. But Waterloo is definitely not the only place with a Memorial Day origin story.
How Waterloo, NY, became the birthplace of Memorial Day (New York Upstate)
Birthplace of Memorial Day? That Depends Where You’re From (New York Times)
Memorial Day History (VA.gov)