Heroes Marching For Heroes

Although you may not be a member of any veteran organization, the members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans are requesting ALL VETERANS WHO ARE ABLE TO HONOR OUR COMRADES WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE by participating in our community’s MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY on Monday, May 29th by marching with us, attending the ceremony at Veterans Park, or at least standing along the parade route and saluting the AMERICAN FLAGS as they pass by. All those interested marching, please be at Broadcast Plaza by 8:45 AM. For additional information please call (516) 521-6989 or (516)378-2939.

In honor of Memorial Day, The Camp Avenue Barber Shop located at 22 Camp Avenue, North Merrick is giving two dollar discount on a haircut FROM 5/6 UNTIL 5/28 to all veterans when they present a County Veterans ID Card or a current membership card from a recognized Veterans Organization.

1 Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service of the United States of America. It was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor the dead. General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, on 5 May 1868, in his General Order # 11, officially proclaimed “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, of otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country in the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” The date of Decoration Day as he called it, was chosen because it was the anniversary of ant particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who fought in any war).

With Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971, Memorial Day is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May.

1.  (Past Commander Gunny Lewis, American Legion Post 10, Manassas, VA)

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