Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, began in the 1860s, when people would decorate the graves of soldiers who had fought in the Civil War. Gen. John Logan, leader of a Civil War veterans’ organization, officially proclaimed May 30, as Memorial Day in 1868.
After World War I, May 30th, became a day to honor fallen soldiers from all wars.
In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday, and Congress declared it be celebrated on the last Monday in May, ensuring a three-day weekend.
Cities across the country hold Memorial Day parades and other events. American flags are often placed throughout cemeteries for veterans. At other cemeteries, many people choose to decorate the graves of all loved ones, not just service members.
At Bay Village, we’ll have our annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by our Memorial Day Picnic at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Please wear your patriotic colors proudly today as we honor those who died for our freedom.