Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Just Like Everything, Memorial Day Scaled Back


May 21, 2020

Observer File Photo

Members of the Honor Guard stand as one during the 2019 Memorial Day Service at Kimball Cemetery. From left are Larry Engstrom, Ed Russell, Josh Holz, Brian Howard, Andy Bremer, Bill Mueller, Alex Engstrom, Nate Entingh, Gordon Mauer and Matthew Shoup.

Although Memorial Day is traditionally considered to be the beginning of the summer season with people off to the lake and enjoying barbecues, it's real meaning can be found at the national and local cemeteries.

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

Although unofficial, Kimball's COVID-19 Memorial Day 2020 will be a very quick and simple ceremony.

The local VFW will have an honor guard, folding of the flag, a prayer and a 21-gun salute. Anyone attending is asked to stay in your vehicle at the cemetery. There will be no free rides by the Kimball County Transit and no hamburger feed at the local VFW Post.

The Veterans Office and volunteers will be placing flags at the graves of individuals who served, but federal cemeteries will not have services or be placing flags.

Americans celebrated Decoration Day after the Cvil War ended in 1865 when the first national cemeteries were established. But it wasn't until 1971 that Memorial Day became an official federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May. It will be observed on May 25 of this year.

On Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time, a national moment of remembrance takes place throughout the country.


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