Though initially proclaimed to honor those who died in the Civil War, and initially called Decoration Day, asking people to decorate the graves of those who died during the war, Memorial Day has become a day to honor all of those who died in the service of the United States of America. The holiday honors the first patriots, like those in my novel Becoming Valley Forge, through today’s brave enlisted men and women.Today, Memorial Day is celebrated in parades all over the country honoring veterans and all things American.
The parade will begin at Greenfield Avenue at the firehouse at 10:30 a.m. and process to St. Paul’s Cemetery for the Memorial Day Service at 11:15 a.m. Michael T. O’Hagan, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is the guest speaker for the service. At the end of the service, many participants will march to the Leon Spencer Reid American Legion Post 547 at Simpson Rd. and County Line Rd. for a drill team show and holiday celebration.