Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 this year). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their country. Starting in the 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.
There are three national cemeteries near our council that will have Memorial Day activities your troop can participate in. Andersonville National Cemetery, Fort Mitchell and Mobile National Cemetery will allow troops to place flags on the graves of veterans at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 23. If your troop is interested, you just need to call the cemetery and tell them your troop number and how many will participate. Click on the names of the cemeteries, for contact information. They will also have ceremonies on Sunday your troop can attend. The Andersonville Cemetery Administrator, Gerry Allen, asks that you register before May 1.
Some other suggestions for your troop:
- Visit memorials
- Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
- Fly the 'POW/MIA Flag'
- Participate in a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day.
- Renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of the fallen, and to aid the disabled veterans.