The official origin of Decoration Day, as it used to be called, was in Waterloo, NY in 1866. Other places claim to have celebrated before that date but there is no other collaborating evidence. According to legend, in the summer of 1865 a Waterloo druggist, Henry Welles, while talking to friends, suggested that it might be good to remember the soldiers who died during the Civil War. Not much came of it until he mentioned it to General John B. Murray, a Civil War hero from Waterloo, who gathered support from other surviving veterans. On May 5, 1866, they marched to the three local cemeteries and decorated the graves of fallen soldiers.