Events

May 31, 2012

Yuma commemorates those who gave all

Tags:
Cpl. Shelby Shields
Desert Warrior Staff
Photo by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison
Flags placed by locals blow in the winds at the Desert Lawn Cemetary in Yuma, Ariz., on Memorial Day, May 28. Yumans showed their gratitude to fallen service members with several commemorations around the community on Memorial Day.

Americans in Yuma and across the country spent Monday remembering and celebrating the lives of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the land of the free.

Originally known as Declaration Day, Memorial Day is designed to give tribute to all the men and women who have fallen defending the nation.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed May 5, 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again,” said President Ronald Reagan in a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 1986.

Although May 5, 1868 is the official proclamation of Memorial Day there is much debate over where Memorial Day actually began.

More than two-dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence of an organized women’s group in the South decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. Waterloo, N.Y. was ultimately declared the official birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966.

“It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all,” stated Gen. Logan’s proclamation.

Though the last Monday in May is often times viewed as an extra day off for barbeques and parades many efforts have been make to restore the traditional observances of Memorial Day into place.

On January 19, 1999, Bill S 189 was introduced to the Senate, which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of “the last Monday in May”.

Also in December 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed which asks, at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

 

A lone veteran walks out of Desert Lawn Cemetary on Memorial Day, May 28.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
conference

MFE, MCSCG, Air Ground Integration conference takes off

Marine Corps photograph by MSgt. William Price Maj. Thomas “Johnny” Short delivers a brief on the role of an air officer at the first ever Polish Air-Ground Integration conference, held at the Polish Armed Forces Ar...
 
 
sarc2

Take a Stand

Mary Chipman, the Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for MCAS Yuma and a Marine with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron perform a dramatic skit about sexual trauma. The skit was part of the first annual “...
 
 
aafes-avengers

The Avengers assemble in Exchange and Marvel’s latest military-only free comic

Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow are all making their way to military installations around the world via one million free comic books published exclusively for the Armed Forces by the Army & Air Force E...
 

 

News to Use February 15, 2013

Financial management Military Saves Week runs Feb. 25-March 2. During Military Saves Week there will be four workshops to assist active duty and family members in saving. Investing in your Future: Monday, 6-8 p.m., Bldg. 598 – Understanding Investing. True Understanding of your Credit Report: Tuesday 1-3 p.m., Bldg. 598 – Review of Credit Report,...
 
 

Events

Navy and Marines Corps Relief Society seeking volunteers on station New to town and looking to make friends? Is your spouse deployed and you want a productive way to pass the time? Maybe you want to get out of the house for a few hours a week? Or are you looking build your resume? Navy-Marine...
 
 
Photo by Cpl. Bill Waterstreet

It’s a TRAP! Marines Practice Recovery Ops

Finally, the sound of helicopters overhead, gunfire and explosions in the direction of the enemy, the sight of friendly forces streaming out of their transports.
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin