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Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance

May 26, 2021

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day observed in honor of the Americans who have died while serving in the United States Military. Observed annually on the last Monday in May, this year, Memorial Day occurs on Monday, May 31. While Memorial Day was not declared an official federal holiday until 1971, the original observance of Decoration Day took place in 1868 to remember those soldiers lost while fighting in the Civil War. Over time, the holiday grew to include military members lost in all wars.

This holiday is observed in many ways across the country including visiting and decorating at cemeteries and memorials, and holding services and parades. In the Greeley community, Linn Grove Cemetery has scheduled a ‘Flags In’ event asking volunteers to place American flags on the graves of Veterans. This is being held this week, May 26 – May 28 and all volunteers are welcome. At 9:00am on Monday, May 31, Linn Grove Cemetery will hold Memorial Day Services and will include an Honors Detail provided by the Union Colony Marines and the Vietnam Wall Float. Additional events being held can be found in the Greeley Tribune.

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