Decoration, Memorial Day honors our fallen soldiers

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By: Joseph Rios

When the Civil War ended, many Americans across the country began to hold spring tributes to soldiers who died in the conflict.
According to a calculation by Binghamton University in New York, approximately 750,000 Americans died during the Civil War. The conflict claimed more lives than any other war in American history, and due to the high death toll, the country’s first national cemeteries began to sprout in the 1860s.

Courtesy picture. The Honor Bell Foundation

There is evidence that a group of formerly enslaved Americans in South Carolina began celebrating Memorial Day shortly after the surrender of the Confederacy in 1865. But in 1966 the federal government declared the holiday began in Waterloo, New York, where Memorial Day was celebrated on May 5. , 1866. On this date, businesses closed in the city while some Americans took the day off to decorate the graves of soldiers.

In 1868, General John A. Logan, who headed an organization for Civil War veterans of the North, declared that May 30 would be designated to decorate the graves of those who died during the war. “Decorating Day” would eventually be celebrated nationwide and slowly came to be known as Memorial Day.
The holiday was celebrated every May 30 until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which recognized that Memorial Day would fall on the last Monday in May. The law cleared the way for Memorial Day to be declared a federal holiday.

While Memorial Day weekend is a great time to relax and spend time with family and friends, it’s also an important reminder to remember those who died during the war. Since the Revolutionary War, more than 1.1 million Americans have been killed in wars, according to estimates from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Throughout the holiday, which falls on May 30 this year, many national cemeteries will hold memorial services to honor those who have died in war, as well as other Memorial Day events.
In Fort Lupton, a flyover, presentation of the colors, speakers and more will take place at Hillside Cemetery on May 30 at 9 a.m. Hillside Cemetery is located at 13750 Country Road.
Commerce City is once again hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade for the first time in two years. Each year, the city holds a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park to remember those who gave their lives in service.
After the ceremony, the parade begins. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Day at East 64th Ave. and Newport St. and ends at East 60th Avenue and Colorado Ave.
Food trucks will be on deck along with stalls from veterans service organizations, city boards and commissions, and more, according to the city.
In Aurora, the city and the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation will host “Colorado Remembers,” which will feature an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, military artifacts and entertainment. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. on May 30 with a remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. Colorado Remembers will be held at 756 Telluride St.

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