The Danville National Cemetery will host a Memorial Day program Monday, May 27th, 2019. The 11:00 a.m. program is to honor all military members who have served or are currently serving our nation.
Monday’s keynote speaker will be Paul Garrett, American Legion State Historian. The general public is invited to attend the ceremony.
And in addition to attending the ceremony, citizens are invited to help place American Flags on the graves at the V. A. National Cemetery Saturday morning, May 25th. Volunteers who would like to help with the flags are asked to report to the Danville National Cemetery at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 27th this year). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died in the military. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from ‘Decoration Day’ to ‘Memorial Day’, which was first used in 1882. It became more common after World War II, however it was not declared the official name of the federal holiday until 1967.
[Our thanks to the Danville National Cemetery for information contained in this story.]