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Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day started three years after the Civil War ended, in 1868. The date was intended to serve as a time Americans could decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldieres with flowers. It is thought that Union Maj. Gen. John A. Logan chose the May date because flowers would be in bloom throughout the country.
 
The first documented large observance was at Arlington National Cemetery. Gen. James Garfield made a speech to the 5,000 in attendance who then decorated the graves of the 20,000 Confederate and Union soldiers buried there. In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.
 
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
- James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
 
Below is a list of soldiers from Covington who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

 

 

WORLD WAR I


 

 

WORLD WAR II

AUBIE GOINS JOHN L. BOWER
AUBIE L. JOHNSON JOHN H.D. THOMPSON
BENJAMINE A. PEELER JOHN R. BLAKE
BENSON C. ADAMS JOHN T. JOHNSON
CHARLES F. AARON MILLARD M. KINNETT
BONNELL H. STONE, JR. JONNIE W. PALMER
DEWEY HOOTEN ROBERT B. FINCHER
C.T. WILLIFORD, JR. LEE F. GREEN
HAROLD W. KING ROBERT D. BOGGUS
CHARLES E. POLK LEONARD F. CANUP
HOMER G. TERRY THOMAS C. CORNAN
CHARLES R. BERRY LIVINGSTON FEARS
JAMES HIGGINBOTHAM WILLIAM F. SAVAGE
CLIFFORD W. HARPER LOY D. SKELTON
JOE K. ADAMS

ECYBERT H. HINTON LUKE HARDEMAN



EDGAR O. CLINE LUNDY C. JOHNSON
KOREA
FLORENCE G. HOPKINS MARSHALL S. PENICK
CHARLES BETTS OLIN S. CLAY
FRED J. MOON MARVIN E. COOPER
HORACE LANE RALPH HENDERSON
GEORGE H. GRANT NORRIS W. WHITE
JOEL McCULLOUGH RAYMOND A. DOBBINS
GUS BYRD, JR OLIVER L. FLOYD
JOSEPH C. McCULLOUGH THOMAS W. HARIS
HENRY H. ALLEN, JR. OLIVER W. PORTER



HOMER COOK OSCAR C. HARPER, JR.
VIETNAM
HORACE J. JONES QUINTON O. COLE
DANNY D. McGEE JERRY JOHNSON
HUGH R. KELLY SIDNEY A. BRUCE
DANNY J. RICHARDSON ROBERT A. PIPER
JACK JONES THOMAS B. WYATT
EARL T. SHAFFER ROBERT L. PHILLIPS
JAMES E. FAULKNER THOMAS L. JOHNSON
G. EDWARD McMULLEN TAYMOND JACKSON
JAMES L. JOHNSON THOMAS W. McWATERS
ISSAC THOMAS, JR. THOMAS E. TREADWELL
JAMES O. LAWRENCE TROY SAMS
JAMES T. COFER

JAMES R. KNIGHT WILLIAM M. FAULKNER



JAMES W. RYE WILLIAM P. MINTON



JOHN D. WILLIAMS WILLIE G. McDONALD
 
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