Local veterans observe Memorial Day

It’s been more than 150 years since the first widely observed Memorial Day in 1868.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring and mourning those lost in the U.S. military, not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead.

Local Army Veteran Desirae Skipper says in her experience people often confuse one for the other. On this Memorial Day, she asks that we remember the veterans who never made it home as well as their loved ones and comrades. “That’s exactly it. You’re not alone. You have other people. Don’t hide. Don’t stay in. It’s a tough time. It’s going to bring back a flood of emotions sometimes. When you see Memorial Day, you’re going to see videos and pictures. And people will mistakenly come up to you and say happy Memorial Day. But it’s not about the living veterans. It’s about the ones that have passed. But definitely call a friend. Phone a friend. Get out of the house. Try not to focus on the somber part of it all.”

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May.

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