Having recently become Incline residents, my wife Roberta and I have been most favorably impressed with the community spirit of Incline Village. The multi-day Independence Day celebration exemplifies this spirit.
While considering the rapidly approaching Memorial Day, I felt a need for a refresher course on the history of its observance. Along with other national holidays it has become part of a three-day weekend, causing the VFW to state that “changing the date to create a three day weekend has undermined the meaning of the day.” It was originally called Decoration Day as a day of remembrance for those who have died in their nation’s service.
Although there are many historical accounts of its birth, it is generally accepted that General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veteran’s organization, first observed Decoration Day on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. There were many observances prior to its becoming a three day holiday under The National Holiday Act of 1971.
In 1999 Senator Inoye introduced S189 to the Senate, proposing to change it back to May 30 from the last Monday of the month.
This year Memorial Day is being observed on Monday, May 28. I am confident that Incline Village will appropriately pay its respects. May God’s blessings continue to be with us as we thank those who paid the ultimate price.