At first glance, Memorial Day Weekend may seem to be just the “kick-off” weekend to summer – cookouts, family and class reunions and vacation trips. However, the true meaning is not just a picnic in the park.
Originally known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day roots can be found just three years after the Civil War, with the first large observance being held at Arlington National Cemetery in 1868 – although many claim the idea was in place as early as 1866. It wasn’t until 1971 however, that Memorial Day was declared a national holiday – a day to remember America’s fallen heroes – our military.
Locally, there were several observances around the community – with some on Sunday and others on Monday. Sunday, two CHS alumni groups held memorial ceremonies – the class of 1963 held their ceremony at the Cushing Christian Church while the CHS Class of 1959 honored all their deceased classmates at a ceremony held at the old high school grounds. Sunday afternoon, the Silver Star Cemetery held their first ever Memorial Day ceremony. Monday, the American Legion held their annual Memorial Day service at Fairlawn-Zion Cemetery with the VFW holding their ceremony at Euchee Valley Cemetery.