From Waterloo, New York to Waskom, Texas, the first “Memorial Day” was known as “Decoration Day” to honor fallen Union soldiers from the Civil War, known as the Grand Army of the Republic held on May 30, 1868. This is a national holiday, annually proclaimed by the presiding President. Congress in 1950 called to set the day aside as a day of prayer for peace, calendared as the last Monday in the month of May.
American flags fly high, the red, white and blue of our great and grand nation. From the flag, a field of colors, red symbolizes courage, white symbolic of liberty and purity, the blue for loyalty, the stars representing each state. This holiday is landmarked as one of our country’s highest, as a time of reflection and appreciation.
From then and today, American Flags are flown at half mast, from morning until noon, then flown on high, from noon, until sunset, honoring those fallen veterans.
The day is celebrated with flowers laid upon graves, specifically at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC., and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with their honor guard, with parades and tribute to all the men and women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, past, present and future.
Join the Waskom Community, Host Penny Yohn and Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Restland Cemetery for a tribute and celebration for those who served and sacrificed.
Refreshments will be served.