Has America lost sight of Memorial Day's mea... 5:12 pm Sun

Raquel Nash
May 30, 2017

Wait, what? We don't talk much about this day, probably because it's not a legal holiday, it's on a weekend (the third Saturday in May), there are no sales, and it happens right before the Memorial Day - which steals its thunder.

Every year, veterans, local officials, and scouts march on Memorial Day.

The Atlantic has a timely story on America's "complicated endeavor" of memorializing wars and remembering sacrifice.

In addition the program included a ride through by the Patriot Guard Riders, Legion Riders and Iron Horse Rides Group, musical selections by the Cereal City Concert Band and the Kalamazoo Area Pipers, a rifle salute by the Fort Custer National Cemetery Honor Guard Wednesday Squad and Echo Taps by LTC.

"We try to get out to all the graves and remember all of our fallen veterans", Kvam said. It was originally called Decoration Day, because people would put flowers on the graves of fallen servicemen. The parade will head north on Cemetery Road and enter Greenwood Cemetery at the north entrance and will end at the Civil War Memorial.

Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer.

As the states began to declare it a holiday it began to take on different names, including Memorial Day. The Southern States refused to accept the holiday honoring the death of Union soldiers. It's a day many of us will celebrate with a trip to the lake, the golf course or the pool or by cooking out with friends and family. The La Plata County Historical Society's recent publication, History La Plata, is devoted to World War I's local impact. This Memorial Day, I too, will be spending time with my family, but it's important to remember the real meaning of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is about honoring our military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.

Moving of the date did cause some controversy. Inouye died in 2012. Over time, Decoration Day became commonly known as Memorial Day, and it was officially established as such in 1967. The town first celebrated on May 5, 1866. It's not the same as Veterans Day, which honors the service of people who have worn the uniform. The American Legion post in Durango, Trujillo-Sheets American Legion Post #28, is named for two men who lost their lives in World War I.

All gave some, some gave all.

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