Memorial Day is on us again. This holiday originally meant to honor those who defended us in the military has been expanded to include decorating family graves to show they are not forgotten. I’ve been on my family cemetery tour this year, have you?
I spent part of today at our family gathering today watching old 8mm films that had been converted to video. One of the things that was deemed worth recording every year was the local Memorial Day ceremony. We watched highlights from the years from 1968-1973. Each year included the keynote speaker and a performance by the local high school band. My favorite part of the ceremony was when the trumpet played Taps and it was repeated as an echo from across the hill. This year it will mean more to be because I’ve had a very interesting conversation with a man who researched the man who wrote Taps.
Another tradition is on Sunday night when we watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.
Remember at 3PM on Monday we pay a moment of silence in memory. It’s a federal law.
Featured Document Display:
National Archives Museum Presents Original 1869 Cemetery Report in Honor of Memorial Day
Read 8 interesting facts about Memorial Day from National Geographic Traveler:
Find more about celebrating Memorial Day in a small town Looking For History on Highway 14 by John E. Miller.
And watch my video:
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