The speaker for this year’s service will be retired Army Col. and Vietnam combat veteran Jim Lee, of Fayetteville. Other Vietnam veterans will be involved in the Memorial Day ceremony.
“Everyone is invited to join in and support this Memorial Day service together to remember the sacrifices of those who answered their nation’s call,” said Billy H. Thomas, Commander of Moore County Post 192. “The freedoms that so many Americans enjoy did not come cheaply. They were paid for with the flesh and blood of American servicemen and women, and with the tears of those whose lives were changed forever by the loss of a loved one.”
Memorial Day originally began on May 5, 1968 as Decoration Day, which was a day set aside to decorate the graves of troops killed during the Civil War. After World War I, the observance was expanded to honor all troops killed in American Wars.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress and was determined to be the last Monday in May.
“I hope all Tennesseans will pause to remember our fallen service members throughout our state and country’s history who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have helped to form our country’s foundation and have strengthened our commitment to freedom.”
For more Memorial Day events happening in Tennessee go online to <tn.gov/veteran/memorialday.html>.