Veterans, non-veterans alike remember Memorial Day

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

While it is OK to have fun, we should also recall that is a date to honor those who have served, and died, for their country.

- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Georgia teamed up for the annual Memorial Day Flag Placement at Marietta National Cemetery Saturday morning. "The tradition, this ceremony is so important to honor the tradition of this national remembrance day". In a ceremony that started at 11am, service members from across the Piedmont Triad were remembered.


The Buchanan Highlanders played bagpipe-and-drum renditions of the service songs for each branch of the armed forces, followed by pledges, speeches, proclamations and a wreath laying that combined to highlight the importance of freedom and honoring those who died for it.

"But not here in America", Bloomquist said. We can never repay them.


The families spent years fighting to have the names added but since the accident happened outside the designated combat zones, they were left off. A lot of them are volunteers with the non-profit Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, which gave a rose to veterans and their families. At least one account says freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina were the first to mark the occasion, when they celebrated the end of the war in 1865.

"This day is for our veterans", Kathy Santoli, a Port Washington resident, said. It would remain on that exact date for nearly 100 years. But they, too, cringe when they hear "Happy Memorial Day".


A year later, Congress passed a measure which made the official observance of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, rather than always on May 30.

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