Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's
There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with more than two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the
birthplace of Memorial Day.
While Waterloo, N.Y., officially was declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966,it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings. Spontaneous gatherings of people to honor the war dead in the
1860s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, and each contributed honorably to the growing movement that
It is not important who was the very first; what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not
about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor and remember all Americans who have
died in our nation's service.
In Durango, the day's ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. May 31 at the Durango Vietnam Memorial, located at Veterans Park
by the fire station on Camino del Rio. Ceremonies then will move to the Veterans Memorial at Greenmount cemetery at 11
a.m., followed by the Sea Services Wreath Memorial Ceremony at 11:45 a.m. at the Ninth Street Bridge.
The ceremonies will be hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
All who wish to participate and volunteer with the ceremonies and the flag placement are cordially invited to do so.
For more information, contact Terry Saxon at the VFW at 247-0384.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4031 and American Legion Post 28 will be hosting open houses after the Memorial Day
ceremonies. They will be grilling hamburgers and
The Southern Ute Veterans Association, in cooperation with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, will be hosting a Memorial
Day ceremony at the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park in Ignacio starting at 10 a.m. Memorial Day. For more
information, call Rod Grove, veterans service officer for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, at 563-0100, ext. 2338.
All these events are open to the public, and everyone is invited to join in the celebration to honor America's
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at
759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.