This Memorial Day, Don’t Forget to Remember
Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
It is almost Memorial Day, a holiday that has become synonymous with a long weekend, cookouts, parades, and local fairs. While we spend time celebrating with friends and family, is important not to forget the reason that we all come together on the last weekend in May. The Memorial Day Parade and ceremony is dedicated to the remembrance of the men and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of this great nation. We take this moment to honor their lives and recognize the sacrifice made in all national conflicts of war from the Civil war to current.
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, born out of the Civil War as a way to remember those who died in service to our country. Officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
Over one hundred years later, Congress approved the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, setting the day of remembrance on the last Monday of May. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated with an annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and local observances around the nation.
Of the well over one million American veterans who lost their lives in service to their country, Skowhegan vets make up hundreds of our community and many more in the area. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice serving in conflicts from the Civil War to the present day.
This Memorial Day weekend, We encourage you to set some time aside to visit one of the numerous local memorial sites in your area to pay your respects and honor all of our fallen soldiers.
Please join us on: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – Parade starts at Smart and Edward Funeral Home, Madison Avenue Skowhegan and ends at the Veterans Memorial Park on Water Street, Skowhegan.
11:00 a.m. – Ceremony at Memorial Park
The Parade is organized by a network of local civic minded groups, organizations, and individuals.