MEMORIAL DAY 2015
Memorial Day is an opportunity for the American public to honor men and women who died while in military service. Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day even though both federal holidays acknowledge military members. Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to publicly recognize living military veterans while Memorial Day honors just our fallen service members.
Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, was first observed at Arlington National Ceremony on May 30, 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic -- the organization for Civil War Union veterans -- wanted to honor fallen Civil War service members by decorating their graves. It was widely believed that the Grand Army of the Republic chose this date because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. Throughout the next century, Decoration Day continued to be observed on May 30. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day as a national holiday that occurs on the last Monday of May.
SYMBOLS OF HONOR
Thank you for taking the time to check out our Memorial Day and other videos that bring awareness to days and symbols that honor our Military heroes. Please take a few moments to scroll through the pages to learn more about the Gold Star Lapel Button and Lapel Button for Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel. These two buttons officially represent a military loss. They are presented to the surviving families of our brave men and women who die while on active duty military service to our nation.
The families of service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice deserve our respect, gratitude and the very best support we can provide. It is our privilege to offer this site as a way to inform, educate and ultimately, to honor the memory of those who gave so much.
When you see someone wearing either the Gold Star or Next of Kin Lapel Button, know that he or she has lost a loved one who selflessly served our nation.
Please explore our site to learn more about what you can do to remember, respect and honor our fallen service members and their surviving families who wear the Gold Star or Next of Kin Lapel Buttons.
Run to Honor 2014
For the 30th anniversary of the Army 10 miler in 2014 we held
a "Run to Honor" event which allowed participants to dedicate
their participation to a Fallen Service Member.
Please click on the link above to view the pictures from this event.