Knight Templers host annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Knight Templers host annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial”

Both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be open today. Memorial Day comes with a price. At Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, fresh flowers mark hundreds of graves, and fields of newly erected American flags flap in the breeze.

The Center for the Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base in DE is a handsome place where family members wait for the plane carrying their loved ones who died while serving their country.

Somewhere along the line Memorial Day became about placing flowers on everyone's grave and about barbecuing and the first long weekend of camping season.

The parade has been a part of the community for more than 60 years.

This difference is one of the reasons local father and Chief Petty Officer Michael Larson made a decision to take his family to the Jacksonville National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day Service. We give thanks to those who gave more of themselves than anyone can possibly imagine so that our nation's freedoms are preserved for generations.

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One nonprofit lets you get involved by writing cards to grieving families.

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from the traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.

In 2018, Memorial Day will fall on May 28.

"They put their life on the line in many situations, Vietnam, Korea, so we can be here, be free and be where we are today because if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be where we are". But for more than 50 years, the holiday only remembered those killed in the Civil War, not in any other American conflict. In May 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day, an official to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. They died protecting and preserving the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day. We could personalize those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. For combat veterans and Gold Star families especially, "it hurts that, as a society, we don't truly understand and appreciate what the true meaning of Memorial Day is".

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