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May 31, 2021 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Corona, CA
Take a moment today, to observe a minute of silence; say a prayer or offer thanks for those who sacrificed for our freedom. In memory of many; In honor of all. Your bravery and service will never be forgotten. Thank you 🙏🇺🇸
The History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our nation. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.
President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
To remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day we are all encouraged to observe The National Moment of Remembrance when all Americans pause wherever they are at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the US.