Attending a parade. Placing a U.S. flag at the gravestone of a veteran. Simply saying thank you to a man or woman who has served our country.
These are a few of the ways that Memorial Day is recognized in Kane County and elsewhere. The holiday, at one time called Decoration Day, was first observed in May 1868, when – according to www.usmemorialday.org – “flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.”
Today, Memorial Day continues to be a time to remember those who lost their lives while in U.S. military service.
Special activities usually mark Memorial Day, and this year is no exception. Among the scheduled local events taking place Monday are parades in St. Charles and Geneva, a ceremony in Batavia, services in Maple Park and observances in Sugar Grove, Elburn and Kaneville.
You can learn more about these events by turning to page 3 of today’s paper and visiting www.kcchronicle.com.
Attending such activities on Memorial Day is a way to show respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Even if you are unable to attend a special event, take a moment at 3 p.m. Monday – when a national moment of remembrance will take place – to think about those who put their lives on the line for our freedom.