Honoring The Fallen At Rosehill


This holiday weekend has its origins in a celebration that began three years after the end of the Civil War. The Grand Army of the Republic conceived Decoration Day as a way to celebrate the lives of those lost in the country’s bloodiest war. It became Memorial Day in 1968 when Congress created the national holiday. To reflect on the history of the holiday…First Light Host Brian O’Keefe went to Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery last year and met with author and historian Larry Broutman.