My Dad (WWII vet) always referred to Memorial Day as “Decoration Day”. (That is what the day was originally named in 1865 at the end of the Civil War. The Federal Law changing the name was passed in 1968.) He always bought a “poppy boutonniere” from the Veterans and wore his VFW hat. On Memorial Day at the VFW, the flag was raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remained until noon. It was then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day as part of the “remembrance ceremony” . The half-staff position remembered the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Our town did not have a Memorial Day Parade, but in our house, everyone honored the reason for the holiday.
A friend of mine posted this video on her Facebook, and I hope it reminds everyone that Memorial Day (and memories of all Veterans at all times) is respectful. It is a time to remember the sacrifices our countries warriors made and continue to make to sustain our Freedom
Enjoy the Darien Memorial Day Parade on May 28th
The parade begins at 10am in Goodwives Plaza, goes to the Post Road and continues on the Post Road to the National Veterans Cemetery.
The ceremony at the cemetery will give you goosebumps.
Have a safe and relaxing 3 Day Weekend,
and Honor Memorial Day.
Resolve not to let our Veterans sacrifice be in vain.