AHWAHNEE – Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.
By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
I attended the Memorial Day Observance at the Cemetery at the Wassama Roundhouse in Ahwahnee. The Oakhurst Veterans of Foreign War, an Honor Guard from the Marine Corps League, and the American Legion were present.
On this day we honor and remember those who gave their lives in order that we have our freedom.