Memorial Day in Carbondale
CARBONDALE -- General John A. Logan was the focus of a Memorial Day service at Carbondale's historic Woodlawn Cemetery Monday.
"Taps" played in the background as organizers began Monday's ceremony.
"It's humbling to realize that you are leading a service that honors so many people that have served our country," said Carbondale Mayor Don Monte.
General John A. Logan stood at Woodlawn Cemetery and signed General Order 11 into action. That order made May 30th, 1868 Decoration Day -- or what we now know as Memorial Day.
This year's ceremony had a unique element: the keynote speaker was Margaret Hillard, General Logan's great-great granddaughter.
"We need to as a nation understand our heritage. History is important that we learn from it and continue on the road of integrity, responsibility and freedom," said Hillard.
Hillard's son and marine corps veteran Christian Dekker traveled to Carbondale from Riverside, California to pay his respects.
"I know our family had a part in it and thats huge, but I don't want that to overshadow why it was done. It was done for our veterans, the ones that passed away, as we sit next to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Those are the heroes," said Dekker.
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