On Memorial Day, it is important for us to remember those who have lost their lives in service to the United States.
This tradition dates back to the Civil War, when one of the first such days of remembrance, Decoration Day, was held on April 25, 1866 in Columbus, Mississippi. On Decoration Day, the women of Columbus decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Shiloh with flowers. Two years later, in 1868, Decoration Day was observed at Arlington Cemetery with flowers and small American flags placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. This tradition continues at Arlington National Cemetery.
Additional information on the history of Memorial Day is available from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
President Lyndon Johnson and Congress declared Waterloo, New York, the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966. In 1971, Memorial Day became an official national holiday to honor all Americans who have died in war and is observed on the last Monday of May.
This year on Monday, May 28th, the Inland Empire will be observing the following Memorial Day events:
Pomona Valley Memorial Park’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Circle
502 E. Franklin Avenue, Pomona
Bellevue Memorial Park Memorial Day Celebration
1240 West G Street, Ontario
City of Rialto 10th Annual Memorial Day Celebration, Rialto Park Cemetery
200 N. Willow Avenue, Rialto
VFW Post 8737 Special Honors of Medal to family PFC Duane Walter Payne – killed in action WWII.
2018 W. Foothill Blvd., San Bernardino
Montclair Community Action Community and Chamber
5111 Benito Street, Montclair
Los Angeles National Cemetery 123rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
All events Open To The Public