June 23, 2018

Officials, families, veterans marking Memorial Day in Nevada

30 May 2017, 06:22 | Erin Grant

Ken Hoksbergen read a poem about the origin of poppies becoming widely recognized as the flower of remembrance for those who served the country and passed away.

The answer is simple - Veterans Day celebrates the military service of all veterans, while Memorial Day, celebrated across the US on Monday, honors those who died for the country at war, said Hirsch, the commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5253 in Albertson. It was originally a holiday to remember those Americans who died in war or who fought in war and died later (deceased veterans).

This Memorial Day, a group gathered in Hampton to remember the fallen in a different way - by learning how to retire American flags. At 12 years old, his father decided this would be the year to show him and his siblings why dad gets a three day holiday from his job at Mayport Naval Station. "They have given their lives in service to their country for us", Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver said.

Logan's decree called for Americans to lay flowers and decorate the graves of the war dead "whose bodies now lie in nearly every city, village and hamlet church yard in the land". "On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights".

Modesitt told service attendees that he sees a problem with this perception of the holiday, which was officially established in 1971 and dates back to the American Civil War.

On this Memorial Day we give thanks to the fearless men and women who have served in our military to protect the freedoms that we too often take for granted.

A crowd of veterans and those involved in organizations that honor veterans gathered for the Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery, where Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight proclaimed May 29, 2017 as Memorial Day in Kokomo. What an awesome thing it is, to know that there are American men and women, stationed all over the world, who are willing to lay down their lives on yours and my behalf - and so many of them have done exactly that.

Drummond said he served four tours of duty as a Marine in Vietnam, and he would do it again "in a heartbeat" if he was called to duty, albeit his response would be slower given his age.

"The support from the community to recognize those who serve and those who have paid the ultimate sacrfice is means a lot to someone in the service like myself", said North Dakota National Gurard Adjutant General Alan Dohrmann.

But for veterans, it's a time to honor those lost in service to their country.

The order creating Memorial Day's forerunner, Decoration Day, came from Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic John A. Logan on May 5, 1868, Mockler said.

Whatever your view of America's ongoing "War on Terror", there should be no disputing that the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during this conflict (and all the conflicts preceding it) deserve our respect.

"We should do all the things we want to do and should do, so go and do them", he added.

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