A small town in central Pennsylvania feels it had the first Memorial Day observance, even while the Civil War was still raging in 1864.
There are 24 communities nation- wide who also lay claim to the designation of being the birthplace for the special day of remembrance for all veterans. They include Mobile, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; Camden, Ark.; Atlanta, Ga.; Milledgeville, Ga.; New Orleans, La.; Columbus, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Raleigh, N.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Charleston, S.C.; Fredericksburg, Va; Portsmouth, Va.; Warrenton, Va.; and, Washington, D.C.