Memorial Day emerged from the well-established Decoration Day, so named for the long-standing tradition of adorning graves with flags, flowers, and wreaths. The new name for the day of remembrance came about in the aftermath of the Civil War as a day dedicated to the memory of those who fell in service to our country.
Memorial Day was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, as put forth by General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
More than a century later in 1971, Congress established that Memorial Day was to commemorate any who died in any American war, and it would be celebrated on the last Monday of May. In the midst of the first national celebration, former Union General James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, where these resonating words were heard as the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were decorated:
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
So take time each Memorial day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for us to enjoy our freedom.
Memorial Day is more than a day off work. It's a day to honor those who have given their all when duty called.
Meet fellow veterans when you come to our council meetings!
Line of March
Saturday 27 May 2017
Parade Forms on Jackson Street at 0900 and
Steps Off at 0930
Riverside Cemetery Veterans Lot Ceremony
Parade Reforms and Proceeds
Town Hall for Ceremony
Collation at American Legion
Purple Heart Recipients
Platoon of Police
Platoon of Fire Fighters
Worcester City Brass Marching Band
Lynn Englich MC JROTC Color Guard
Saugus Veterans Council
Saugus Military Families
Revere High School JROTC
Saugus High School Band