Memorial Day – known to some as “Decoration Day,” first honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers. On the first Decoration Day in 1868, 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery. By the late 19th century, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day, and after World War I, observers began to honor the dead of all of America’s wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.
In Centre Square Easton, the bugler atop the Soldiers and Sailors monument stands ready 24/7 to remind us of the men and women who served in all US wars and pays special tribute to those who lost their lives serving our country to defend our freedoms. So next time you are at the market, take some time to view the monument and also other markers in the Circle that commemorate those who have served and protected us. And don’t forget to ‘decorate’ on Memorial Day!!