Plymouth Memorial Day Parade
May 20, 2013 PLYMOUTH VOICE.
Plymouth will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 with a parade on Main Street to honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The Parade that begins at Main and Wing Streets at 8:30AM and ends at the Plymouth Veteran’s Memorial Park, at Main and Church Streets with a ceremony, will feature military veterans and marching units.
The Meaning of Memorial Day
By: Claudine Zap
Vietnam Veterans of America, Plymouth-Canton Chapter 528
Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, a day dedicated to the Civil War dead, when mourners would decorate grave-sites as a remembrance. The holiday was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, when 5,000 people helped decorate the grave-sites of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Some parts of the South still remember members of the Confederate Army with Confederate Memorial Day. After World War I observances were widened to honor the fallen from all American wars, and in 1971 Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday.
Cities and towns across the country now honor military personnel with services, parades, and fireworks. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. At Arlington National Cemetery, headstones are graced with small American flags. This day is not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11 to honor military veterans, both alive and dead.
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