Remembering Memorial Day

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established in 1868 as a day to recognize those who had died while serving in the US military. The day was initially observed on May 30 each year – chosen because the flowers would be in bloom all over the country and families could lay beautiful bouquets at the graves of their loved ones.

Here in Arlington Heights, Memorial Park recognizes Arlington’s Fallen Heroes – the 58 Arlington Heights residents who have died while in service to our nation. Each Memorial Day, Arlington Heights hosts a parade that ends in Memorial Park with a ceremony to honor and remember veterans.

For the second year, Metropolis is honored to be a part of this ceremony. In addition to a commemorative presentation at the park, the ceremony includes moving musicals performances and recognition of all veterans for their service.

Also for the second year, Metropolis is excited to present Memorial Day Salute on May 25. This event will feature a tribute to the music of the 60s and 70s, and between songs, we’ll have special readings to remember our fallen soldiers. This year, we’re proud to have highly decorated Major General James Mukoyama Jr. as a featured reader. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Memorial Park Fund.

This Memorial Day, be sure to take a moment to remember and thank the veterans of our great nation.

From Memorial Day Salute 2012, featuring Tammy McCann, Metropolis' Limelights Singers and The Reunion Jazz Orchestra

From Memorial Day Salute 2012, featuring Tammy McCann, Metropolis’ Limelights Singers and The Reunion Jazz Orchestra

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