Not Everyone Knows About Decoration Day, A Unique Old West Virginia Mountain Tradition

Memorial Day. You’ve heard of it. Of course you have. But here’s what you may not realize: to many in West Virginia, Memorial Day has another name as well. We call it Decoration Day, and it’s a chance for us to remember and honor not just soldiers who have died, but also any loved ones – family, friends, sometimes even strangers – who are no longer with us by beautifying and decorating their graves.

Do you celebrate the Appalachian tradition of Decoration Day on Memorial Day? (Had you ever even heard of it before?) Who do you remember and honor as you do so? If you love learning more about Appalachia, and about holidays, then don’t miss the tragic connection between West Virginia and Father’s Day.