Memorial Day Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, MN

Military Remembrance Events

Memorial Day is one of the two official United States holidays recogniz­ing the commitment of members of America’s military services; Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while defending their country.

The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, as weather is turn­ing warm and most schools and universities are adjourning for the summer, establishing Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial beginning of summer. However, many Americans also visit cemeteries, where volunteers often place American flags on graves. On Memorial Day itself, a national moment of silence takes place at 3 p.m. local time to remember the war dead.

How did Memorial Day really start?

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. The first national celebration of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) took place on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Memorial Day Services in Brainerd, MN:

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