Memorial Day started as a remembrance of the Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate. It is first credited to the women of Columbus, Mississippi, where the women’s association went to the local cemeteries and decorated the graves of both the Confederate and Union soldiers buried there on April 25th, 1866.
The date for Memorial Day was changed to be the last Monday in May in 1971, as part of the national Holiday Act to make all National Holidays into three day weekends.
On this Memorial Day, the local scout troops volunteered to visit local cemeteries and place flags on the graves of our service men. Under the directions of their scout leaders, they met at Lakeview Memorial Gardens at 7:00 a.m. to begin this task. We thank them for the respect and honor they have shown today with their actions.
What actions of respect and honor for the history of your state or country can you write about? We would love to hear about it.