Ethan Hoffman/MCN Intern Reporter
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States dedicated to the mourning of the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May, falling on May 30 this year. There will be ceremonies throughout the day, taking place at various locations around Morgan. There will be something patriotic for everyone! The schedule will be as follows:
South Morgan Cemetery- 8 a.m.
North Morgan Cemetery- 8:30 a.m.
There will be a short program, as well as a flag ceremony performed by local veterans, accompanied by a bugler. They will raise the American flag to the full-mast position to start with, followed by a lowering to half-mast until noon, of which the flag will then be raised to full-mast once more.
There is a significance to the position the flag is on the pole. Half-staff honors the memory of those who have lost their lives preserving the freedoms of our great country. Full mast, signifies that those who remain will continue to preserve America in their place.
The veterans will then highlight the following Memorial Day activities. That will be followed by a three rifle volley, consisting of no less than three and no more than seven rifles firing three volleys in memory of the fallen This volley will be repeated throughout the day’s events. Finally, a flower will be placed on a single grave, representing fallen veterans buried in the cemetery. A list of 20 names will be given, honoring all of the fallen.
Milton Cemetery- 9 a.m.
As listed above, a similar ceremony will be performed in Milton, the only difference being a special speaker as part of the program there. There are usually 100 people on average in the audience, come show your support to the veterans!
Courthouse- 10:30 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., a similar program will be presented, as well as another speaker. The program will include a flyover of airplanes in formation, piloted by Morgan ex-military personnel, a memorial flower placed on a monument located in front of the courthouse, and a 4th grade program featuring patriotic songs. Come join in on the festivities!
Mountain Green Cemetery- 12 p.m.
This event will be similar to the ceremony in Milton, featuring a speaker and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
These annual ceremonies have been occurring for over 70 years. In fact, the veterans used to hit every cemetery in the county, but as the programs became more specific, they were assigned to exact locations in Morgan.
There is much importance and tradition in observing Memorial Day locally. The holiday started May 30, 1868. At first, it was founded to honor fallen and surviving soldiers from the Civil War. They involved decorating graves, hence the original name “Decoration Day.” We have continued to honor our military personnel ever since then. Local ceremonies are organized by the Veterans of Foregin Wars (VFW), and the American Legion. They would like to invite all people who have been in the military to come join us and help promote patriotism today on this Memorial Day!