What U.S. president oversaw the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery? – 2017

What U.S. president oversaw the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery?

Ulysses S. Grant




President Ulysses S. Grant supervised the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The event occurred May 30, 1868 at the hallowed burial ground, which sits on an estate once owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. While Grant”s attendance turned heads, it was U.S. Army General, Ohio Congressman and future president James A. Garfield who stole the show with a poetic and somewhat prolonged address. Source: Mental Floss.

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War.





Born: 27 April 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Died: 23 July 1885, Wilton, New York, United States
Presidential term: 4 March 1869 – 4 March 1877
Buried: 8 August 1885, General Grant National Memorial, New York City, New York, United States
Quotes
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
I know only two tunes: one of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’, and the other one isn’t.
Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.

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