the official distinction, signed into law by President Johnson in 1966.
The town switched the holiday to May 30 in 1868 when Gen. John Logan, the new commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation to Union veterans designating it a day of commemoration for Civil War dead.
First known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day expanded to an observance honoring all U.S. war dead after World War I and in 1971 was made an official national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.
Nowadays, the underpinnings of Memorial Day are little-known to many Americans, Warren said.
"We can do some re-educating of our community and others who come to visit, especially schoolchildren, to kind of re-ignite the true meaning in their hearts,"