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When the first Memorial Day was celebrated, a group of women from Washington D.C. asked the War Department for permission to put flowers on the soldiers’ graves at Arlington Cemetery. After a lot of haggling, permission was finally granted to do so. But a stern order was attached to the permission. No flowers were to be placed on the graves of the Confederate soldiers who were buried in a segregated section of the cemetery. The ladies carried out their task, careful to follow these instructions.

Then General James Garfield made a speech.

When the crowds left, a strong wind arose. The wind blew almost all the flowers into the Confederate section. After that, the separation was never repeated. Many believed that all this was due to divine intervention.