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MEMORIAL DAY

When is Memorial Day?

In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be commemorated on the last Monday of May.

History of Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.

During that first national commemoration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years after the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday. After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of America’s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States. 

A Message From Your City Council

Presentation of Colors & National Anthem

 

Honor & Remember...Paramount's War Dead 

 World War II
Raymond Collins
 1944
Kenneth F. Geer  1941
Darrel Hartman  1944
Cecil Hilt  1944
Roger G. Jay  1941
M. M. Kiehn  1944
Wesley W. Knox  1944
Lynn Mokler  1943
Jack H. Reagan  1943
Cecil Steiner  1944
Walter Steiner Jr.  1944
Richard A. Watson  1943
Lee E. Westbrook  1944
 Korean Conflict
James B. Millington  1950
Pat E. Mulrooney  1951
Nicolas Serrato  1951
Don W. Trent  1951
Samuel Van Zanten  1951
Henry Vasquez  1951
William Verburg  1951
 Vietnam Conflict
 Wayne Anderson  1966
 Charles B. Blevins  1972
 Kevin E. Bonjour  1969
 Robert G. Brandon  1969
 Roy Conrad  1967
 Michael Crier  ----
 Paul Duran  1968
 Chris S. Evans  1967
 Robert B. Griffiths  1967
 James W. Holbrook  1968
 Gary W. Hulse  1968
 Robert E. Jackson  1968
 Vincent R. Kotarski Jr.  1970
 Melvin L. Martz  1968
 Dale A. Morrow  1968
 Gary L. Nordquist  1968
 David E. Ogden  1970
 Gary L. Pflaster  1971
 Hugh G. Skipper  1971
 Walter J. Soutar  1968
 Richard W. Stitt  1969
 Michael R. Waugh  1968
 Walter L. Wonnacott  1967

 

Here are some Fun & Tasty ideas for the entire family

Coloring Pages

Crafts

BBQ Ideas

How do you celebrate Memorial Day?

On Monday, May 25, we ask that you share how you celebrate Memorial Day! Take a picture in front of an American flag or while you barbecue. Let us know how you celebrate and make sure to tag us @paramount_posts and use the hashtag #WeAreParamount

Stay safe and healthy!