John Cooper, current commander post 25 Auke Bay America Legion, explained on Capital Chat why we observe the holiday.
Posted Friday, May 27th, 2016 2:30pm by Colt Dylan
John Cooper, current commander post 25 Auke Bay America Legion, explained on Capital Chat why we observe the holiday:
"Well, Memorial Day goes back to the battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's address. That was the first Memorial Day and it was then specific to Gettysburg. In the years that followed other communities started having remembrance days, decoration days, and they were scattered all over the calendar based on the community. In the 1970's Congress enacted Memorial Day as we know it today, being the last Monday in May."
Cooper says veteran organizations all over the country put on ceremonies in remembrance of the deceased veterans.
The American Legion will be in Alaska Memorial Park in the Valley Monday. VFW has a ceremony in Evergreen Cemetery Downtown.
Both ceremonies start at 11:00AM.
The S E Alaska Native Veterans are hosting a Memorial Day Service and Luncheon at the S E Alaska Native Veterans Memorial Park, next to the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Willoughby. Services begin at 11:30 Monday Morning.