Soldiers place flags at Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day

U.S. cities and towns rich in Memorial Day tradition

Soldiers place flags at Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day, an American holiday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the USA military.

The Piper City American Legion post is conducting a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, on the bandstand on Peoria Street in downtown Piper City.

The parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m.in front of 64 Kenoza Ave.

The American Legion at Renovo and the Bucktail Detachment of the Marine Corps League plan solemn ceremonies on Sunday throughout the Renovo area. This free event is open to the public and presented by the Sunset Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, and Herr Funeral Home.

According to the United States Memorial Day website, the first celebration of Memorial Day was on May 5, 1866. Performers include the Sound of the Rockies Men's Chorus, The Beverly Belles Vintage Singing Trio and America The Beautiful Men's Barbershop Chorus.

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Whatever the reason, Logan was moved to take Memorial Day a step further.

Members will conduct military honors Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m.at the LaJose Cemetery, Newburg. The following year, the remembrance was marked in over 336 communities in thirty-one states.

10 a.m. - Memorial Day program at Veterans Memorial Park, 950 Rockford Rd. Refreshments will follow. 563-676-6762. All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served with choice of ham or sausage, fruit and beverage for a free will donation. Visitors will learn about Orlando Ward, Fairmount Cemetery's most decorated veteran. The Memorial Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Monday, 11 a.m. - Ely Community Memorial Day Service at Rogers Grove Cemetery on Ivanhoe Road.

The Wings Over the Rockies Museum will be honoring veterans from all military branches by placing commemorative bricks in its Runway of Honor under the B-52.

At 10:30 a.m., a service honoring the area's deceased veterans will be held at Woodland/St. John's Cemetery; at that service, the speaker will be Larry Eyre, the commander of Legion Post 432. The parade starts at Fifth Street and Broadway and ends at 32nd Street and Broadway. The parade will last approximately two hours and will feature military units, bands, floats and antique vehicle clubs. The event is rain or shine.

Service: 9 a.m., Historic Summit Church, Utica Ridge Road and Blackhawk Trail, Davenport. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Elmwood Cemetery will host a special observance for the families and friends of lost veterans buried at Elmwood and Fairview cemeteries.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day.

In 1931, the members of the Edwin C. Halsey American Legion Post 700 organized Memorial Day ceremonies for East Hampton for the first time in a number of years.

The program will begin with the raising of the flag and taps played by former Robertsdale Elementary School music director Suzie Vivar, with the Presentation of Colors by the Robertsdale High School Naval JROTC color guard. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a police escort to the Daniel Gionet Bridge on Main Street, where a wreath-laying ceremony and another rifle squad salute will be held.

The American Legion Prairie Du Pont Post 485 and Chief Pontiac Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1699 will have a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m.

- The Lafayette Amvets Post 33 will meet on Monday at 9:30 a.m.at St. Mary's Church on the corners of Pacific and Bramhall avenues. Organizers believe this is the oldest consecutively running Memorial Day parade in the nation and it was started in 1868. The Rev. Kyle Winter will then officiate the ceremony itself at 2 p.m.

There, a parade of some 10,000, including black Union infantry units, marched to a local horse track that had been converted to a prison for Union soldiers.

RobertsdaleThe City of Robertsdale will host its annual Memorial Day program beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Gordon Coley Park on Alabama 59. The ceremony will honor the fallen members from World War II and the modern 10th Mountain Division.

The services are open to the public.

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