A day to remember


Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day  was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.  The current name did not come into use until after World War II. 
Today, Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that, from 1971, the Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. 
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half-mast from dawn until noon. 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. 
Memorial Day celebrations are held throughout the United States and commemorate all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Please join the Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25. Parade starts at 10 a.m. with a program after at the Maple Lake Memorial Monument in the city park. If inclement weather,  the service will be held at Maple Lake American Legion Club. Take time to show our fallen soldiers the respect they deserve.