Memorial Day Parade
Rick Ciaramitaro, Deputy Commander/Drill Sgt.
Plymouth’s Parade and Ceremony
VVA Chapter 528 marches with pride during this annual event. Marching behind our honored Color Guard many members every year enjoy the applause and saluting to our Flag. Being honored by the crowd sure has helped our members who when we came home never were welcomed. Chapter 528 also takes part in Marching to other local parades as well as Veteran Events. A big special thank you goes to Janice Spittler who took the following photos of our Color Guard and the Memorial Day Ceremony.
The Meaning of Memorial Day
By Claudine Zap
Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May (this year it’s May 30), honors the war dead. Unofficially, the day honors the start of summer. (More on that in a moment.) The upcoming three-day weekend has prompted searches on Yahoo! for “when is memorial day,” “what is memorial day,” and “memorial day history.” The day was originally known as “Decoration Day” because the day was dedicated to the Civil War dead, when mourners would decorate gravesites as a remembrance. The holiday was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, when 5,000 people helped decorate the gravesites of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Some parts of the South still remember members of the Confederate Army with Confederate Memorial Day.) After World War I, the observances were widened to honor the fallen from all American wars–and in 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday. Towns across the country now honor military personnel with services, parades, and fireworks. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. At Arlington National Cemetery, headstones are graced with small American flags. This day is not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11 to honor military veterans, both alive and dead. However, confusion abounds anyway, with the weekend marking for many the kickoff of summer, and it is reserved for weekend getaways, picnics, and sales.