A time to remember, honor

Lauren Perry
May 25, 2017

For there is no more solemn a national holiday than Memorial Day-which recognizes those who died in US military service, not those who served-and it is treated with such reverence at ceremonies throughout the country. Back then, the solemn occasion was called Decoration Day, when residents decorated the fallen soldiers' graves with flowers.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. The flag idea spread and flags are still used today to honor our fallen soldiers.

"To ensure the sacrifices of America "s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law 'The National Moment of Remembrance Act, ' creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance...[whose] charter is to 'encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity" by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance. It's a day to be with the family and remember". It was renamed Memorial Day in 1969.

On Tuesday, workers from Carlson Memorials Inc. refurbished the 100-year old memorial and added the new rededication plaque that honors the G.A.R.'s hereditary successor, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and its local chapter, Legion of the West, Camp 7. The holiday's humble beginnings happened on April 25, 1866, when a women's memorial association in the hospital town of Columbus, Mississippi, decorated the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. The holiday was observed on May 30 until the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of Congress went into effect in 1971. But is more than a long weekend, it is a time to honor those who have died for our freedom. It is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifices of military men and women. So I thought it would be wise to let you know that under no circumstances is there a sales tax on American and New York Flags right here in our city.

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Memorial Day is a day to put politics aside and make room for patriotism. My dad, a patriotic member of the Sons of the American Revolution, reminded us kids about such facts.

Sean DeFrank is a former Vegas Seven senior editor and a twice honorably discharged U.S. Army Infantry veteran who served as part of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

The parade will take place at 11 a.m. and will follow a route from 78th St and Third Ave., along Third Ave.to Marine Ave. up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park to 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for a memorial service. "Rather we should thank God such men lived".

Although early observances specifically honored Americans who died in the Civil War, after World War I departed military personnel were honored regardless of the conflict in which they lost their lives.

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