Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. It originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It also marks the unofficial start to the summer vacation season.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service and many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in our national cemeteries.
It is certainly a day for remembrance and prayer…
God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be
called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and
bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Join us on this Memorial Day at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Center with your friends and neighbors as the Village of Riverside remembers, celebrates and prays for all those defenders of freedom. During this service, the 54 men killed in action from Riverside during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War will be remembered.