Holden Memorial VFW Post #5844 and American Legion Post #90 announce they will be holding their annual Memorial Day program at the Holden Cemetery on Monday, May 30.
The ceremony begins at 9 a.m., and organizers invite all residents to join them for refreshments and fellowship at the VFW Hall, immediately following the Memorial Day service at the cemetery.
Each year, the veterans’ groups, along with volunteers from the community, reverently place an American flag on the grave of every veteran buried at local cemeteries.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
It’s a chance for Holden residents to show honor and respect to our veterans who are no longer with us.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in its early years, and families of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers placed flowers or remembrances on their loved ones’ graves, in recognition of their sacrifices.
Eventually, the name was changed to Memorial Day.
This day acknowledges and recognizes the sacrifices and service of all veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Beginning in 1868 through 1970, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30. In 1971, it was designated as a federal holiday and the celebration was moved to the fourth Monday in May.
The VFW and American Legion veterans strive to see that the service of these veterans is not forgotten and to give thanks for their efforts to keep American freedom and ideals alive for their families and generations to come.