As the unofficial start to summer, wearing white, cookouts and weekends in Maine, Memorial Day is upon us. But May 30 is more than just an excuse for a long weekend and parties. The federal holiday, observed on the last Monday of the month, is steeped in history.
"First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars," the website states.
Folks often visit the graves of veterans and decorate them with flags in cemeteries across the country, including Oak Grove and Vine Hill cemeteries in Downtown Plymouth, in honor of Memorial Day.
Senate President Therese Murray said America's fallen heroes aught to be remembered every day, not just on Memorial Day.
“The selfless men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect each of us, our commonwealth and our nation deserve our admiration and gratitude not just on Memorial Day, but every day. Our fallen heroes paid the ultimate price and gave their own lives so that we can live ours. We should honor and remember the brave soldiers whose actions allow us to enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we have today.”
Plymouth will commemorate Memorial Day with the Monday morning to honor the men and women of the military.
The festivities will kick off in Shirley Square at 9 a.m., with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Marchers, including members of the VFW, American Legion, Plymouth police and firefighters, and Girl and Boy Scouts will proceed to the 1820 Courthouse lawn to visit the Vietnam and Korean War memorials and then head to Memorial Hall, home of the World War II memorial. Once passing similar stops at Oak Grove and Vine Hills cemeteriesy and the Town Brook Bridge, the parade will end at the Training Green for a ceremony. After the event, VFW Post 1822 will host a lunch for military members at their location on Seven Hills Road.