Memorial Day is a holiday which falls on the last Monday in May where we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Memorial Day also represents the unofficial start of the summer.
Prior to becoming an official federal holiday in 1971, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day following the Civil War. Decoration Day received its name from the fact that Americans began "decorating" the graves of our fallen soldiers with flowers and reciting prayers.
Now there are many traditions associated with Memorial Day.
Many Americans visit cemeteries and memorials recognizing the heroes who not not only died in the service of our country, but also the heroes who served our country without having died during service.
It is customary to fly your flags at half mast from dawn till noon to show respect to those who have died during service to America.
There are many parades held throughout the country, both big and small. Many families gather for time spent together.
Memorial Day in Goshen
How will we celebrate Memorial Day this year in the city of Goshen?
As reported by J.C. Lee of the Elkhart Truth:
Rogers Park, 102 Chicago Ave.
The service at the Rogers Park footbridge will feature a color guard and a bugler performing taps. World War II veteran Robert Cotherman will toss a wreath into the Elkhart River to commemorate members of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard who gave their lives in service to their country.
Elkhart County Courthouse, 101 N. Main St.
The court house service will feature speakers, a firing party, color guard and taps.
Oakridge Cemetery, 437 N. 1st St.
Features a firing party, taps and a color guard. Those placing wreaths at the veterans area include Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman, Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson, Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink and Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers.
Parade begins at the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets.
The procession will walk north along Main Street, turn left at Pike Street, turn right on First Street and end at Oakridge cemetery. The parade will feature Boy Scouts, baton twirlers, fire trucks, color and honor guards and Goshen High School drummers, among other attractions.
3 p.m. local time
National Moment of Remembrance
All Americans are asked to “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
I would also encourage you to visit our local cemeteries, paying respect to the family members and friends who have served our country.
Please join me as we honor our fallen heroes this coming Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.
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The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 25 at Arlington National Cemetery.