Memorial Day is meant as a day of observance for us to honor those who lost their lives while serving our country in the U.S. military. Originally it was known as Decoration Day, and began in the years following the Civil War and officially was designated a federal holiday in 1971.
Many observe Memorial Day by taking part in community parades and events, and by visiting National Cemeteries and memorials to show their respect and appreciation.
Locally you’ll find many opportunities to participate in honoring those that served our country and gave their lives doing so. Here are some of the activities you can take part in:
- Memorial Day Observance at Soldiers Memorial
- Memorial Day Parade in Downtown Belleville, IL
- Remembrance Cruise in Grafton
- Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – Manchester, MO
- Memorial Day Flag Service at Jefferson Barracks
- O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk
Did you know on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time? Be sure to take a moment over the weekend to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.