The statue of the general on horseback in the middle of Logan Circle honors the man credited with creating Memorial Day, which originally honored the Civil War dead. Logan Circle is name for Civil War General John Alexander Logan, an Illinoisan. He was later a U.S. representative and senator (Republican) from The Prairie State and the 1884 candidate for vice president on the GOP ticket.
The annual celebration of Memorial Day in Logan Circle is sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), the Illinois State Society and the National Park Service. This year’s events include:
- 12:30 to 1:30 pm: Concert by the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra.
- 2 pm: Memorial Day commemoration with a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of General John Logan in the middle of the Circle and remarks by local dignitaries. Following the ceremony you can have refreshments at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW (just south of Logan Circle).
- 4:30 to 6:30 pm: New Orleans-style jazz performed by the Raddy International LLC band.