A solemn Memorial Day remembrance
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 14:19
"There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day".
"Memorial Day is essentially the one day that we should remember all veterans that are no longer with us, whether that is from combat, everyday accidents or just the natural course of life with people dying of old age", Wilson told DiversityInc. "We wouldn't be here without the veterans before me and the ones that'll be after me", Johnson said.
It may have rained on Manchester's annual Memorial Day Parade, but the spirit of the day of remembrance for those servicemen and women who gave their all could not be deterred.
With ideal temperatures rounding out the long weekend, many flocked to parades and beaches in Chicago and surrounding suburbs on Memorial Day.
Vietnam veteran Joe Hively said he enjoyed Brown's speech, and noted this was his first time to attend a Memorial Day service at the home, as he had moved in about 11 months earlier.
"It's a handsome statue", American Legion Post 24 Commander Bryan Lauzon said. It began as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868 when an organization of Union veterans established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
A wreath was placed at its base while the names were read of the 58 service members from Washington County who died in the war. "There are many ways to recognize Memorial Day", Lt. Col. Orlando said.
Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was conceived after the Civil War as a way to honor the Union's war dead, with Southern states setting aside separate days to honor fallen Confederate soldiers. "This is our chance to remember those who've died in service". "I lost him in 2016 and my brother was in the Marines, so it's just something I feel I needed to be here", said resident Edna Nixon.
A war protester tearfully apologizes for the things she said about those who were fighting in Vietnam. "Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day".
"Some of them died while we were in Vietnam for ambushes, getting killed, and others as we have aged", Rhodes said.
"You do have my honest and humble thanks", said Atwood, also a former state representative.