Annual Memorial Day Service In Fernley

Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to publicly recognize living military veterans while Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of the valiant service members who have sacrificed their lives in service to the country. Barbecues. The sales all of that more than 12% of the U.S. population served in the armed forces during World War II.

World War I - 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.

"Today I wanted to be with my grandfather who is a Marine veteran and I also wanted to celebrate the veterans who have died during the war and out of the war", says Lyanna Smith, a 6th grader at Marietta Middle School. "I wish I could have put 1,000 people out here and let them listen and see what Memorial Day means to them besides barbeque and hot dogs", said David Payne, VVA Chapter 607 President. "We ask participants to encourage their friends and family to take just one minute to join thousands as we #GoSilent as well". We have lost over 6,700 American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including over 130 from here in MA.

Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May.

"Memorial Day to me is showing my respect for all those who came before me and fell before", she said. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.

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Memorial Day originated with the practice of women decorating the graves of fallen soldiers during the Civil War, a simple gesture to honor and remember those who died fighting.

Memorial Day was first conceived as Decoration Day in 1866, following the end of the Civil War. "Parents will continue to grieve for their heroic sons and daughters that died way too early", he says "We need to be there for them not just as members of the American Legion family, but as American citizens". It's about the men and women who have given their lives for this country.

"My father's here, my brother-in-law's brother is here, a lot of my friends' dads and a couple of friends", Butch Fischer, a Vietnam War veteran who lives in Veseli Township in Rice County, explained.

What is Memorial Day like today?

"Every day is Memorial Day for us".

  • Adam Floyd