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Veterans’ cemetery will remember, honor

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:22 a.m. CDT

ELWOOD — Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery’s  Memorial Day program to remember and honor all military members who have served or are currently serving our nation will be held Monday, May 27, at the cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood.

A musical prelude will begin at 11 a.m. The program, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will feature keynote speaker LTC Michael Bogmenko, 308th Civil Affairs BDE Public Safety.

There is handicapped parking and roadside parking inside the cemetery grounds, with shuttle service available for both.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day,” which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by federal law until 1967.

Many Americans observe Memor-ial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

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