In observance of the federal Memorial Day holiday, all Cullman County offices will be closed on May 29, 2023.
The first observance of Memorial Day in America, then called “Decoration Day,” was during the US’s War Between the States, AKA, the Civil War, when citizens began decorating the graves of soldiers killed in the war’s many battles. In 1971, following additional wars and new traditions, the official observance of US Memorial Day was established as the last Monday in May. Memorial Days honor all who died in any war serving the United States of America.
Memorial Day is commonly observed with parades, patriotic décor, religious services, and speeches nationwide from a host of civic and political leaders. Graves are commonly decorated with flowers, military insignia, and American flags to honor our nation’s heroes. A grateful nation remembers their sacrifices.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur:
“Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”
Harry S. Truman:
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”