Memorial Day

Posted on May 24, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, let us remember that this is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, making the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

We consecrate their memories in church services and in visits to their graves. We also enjoy parades, barbecues, picnics and ball games with friends and family. Let us dedicate these celebratory events to those who preserved our freedom and their families, who also sacrificed so much for us.

Following the Civil War, Memorial Day was established to honor those who died during the conflict. Major General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, originally proclaimed May 30, 1868 as “Decoration Day.” It was not set aside in anniversary of any particular battle, but rather as a day to decorate the graves of those who died in defense of the nation.

By 1882, this day became more commonly known as “Memorial Day,” and in 1967 it became a federal holiday. The following year, Congress moved the date to the last Monday of May.

Please join me in observing Memorial Day by attending Granby’s Memorial Day parade. It begins in the Center of town at 10:00am. I will be the speaker during the ceremonies at Granby’s cemetery.

Thank you, God bless you, and have a great Memorial Day.