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Men, women and children surround decorated graves of Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) veterans at Rosedale Cemetery. GAR was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the Civil War. In 1868, General Order #11 of the GAR called for May 30 to be designated as a memorial day for Union veterans; originally called "Decoration Day," this later became the U.S. national Memorial Day holiday after WWI. The grave decorations shown here include small flags, floral wreaths and garlands made with carnations, calla lilies, roses and other flowers. Rosedale Cemetery, founded in 1884, is located at 1831 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.
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00073999 Security Pacific National Bank Collection L.A.-Cemeteries-Rosedale.; A-000-942 4x5 CARL0000076860 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/115429
Rosedale Cemetery (Los Angeles, Calif.) Cemeteries--California--Los Angeles Tombs--California--Los Angeles Soldiers' bodies, Disposition of--California--Los Angeles Grand Army of the Republic