November 19 2017

How Coloradans across the state observed Memorial Day

November 19 2017, 12:59 | Rex Rios

Memorial Day ceremony in Albuquerque

Memorial Day ceremony in Albuquerque

The local American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts hosted the Memorial Day ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. "Words can't express the appreciation you have for people who are willing to go through and do what our men and women are having to deal with". Both men and women who have served, are now serving, even friends and families of those who have passed.

This tradition began in 1868, when General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared May 30th to be "Decoration Day" - a day to remember American soldiers who lost their lives during the Civil War. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates USA service members who died while in the military service.

Miller has been on five deployments in his career and now deployed in the Middle East.

"It's not about Memorial Day sales or Barbeque or spending time at the beach, the day is to give back a little bit for those who have secured the freedoms we enjoy in America, " said Officer Larson. Then I ended up getting the paperwork, and I gave him the certificate. "We do fundraisers to benefit them, but today we're here, honoring those who have fallen".

"I just don't want this generation to forget where we came from", said Joseph Cronin, a Cold War veteran. "To take care of our country, to bring freedom to all of those folks", said Boepple.

"I think it promotes patriotism for our county and for the blessings we have as Americans", Bott said.

"People say, 'Memorial Day, oh, a day off, great beach day, shopping, ' " the man said.

While our instinct when we see a serviceman or woman on Memorial Day is to thank them or honor them in some way, wishing them a "Happy Memorial Day" is the wrong choice. That's what Memorial Day is all about.

"It's not a celebration and a barbecue for us", Parker said.

Former Greensboro Mayor Bill Knight, a foundation board member and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, told the crowd that people need to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day.

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