Memorial Day Tombstone with flag and flowers

What is Memorial Day?

Like many holidays, the true meaning of the holiday has been lost among commercialism, convenience and a people whom, in their freedom, have simply neglected to take time to #remember. Memorial Day is much more than:

  • a 3 day weekend,
  • great sales at the mall,
  • burgers and beer at a picnic,
  • a parade with candy, or
  • the start of summer vacation.

Memorial Day is the ever-necessary reminder that freedom is not free.

Memorial Day - Remember the Price of Freedom

Brief History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was named this because Americans would remember the soldiers who died by decorating their graves. They would make wreaths, bouquets and mementos to honor those who died to protect our freedoms.  The day of remembrance started after the Civil War. After WWI the holiday was expanded to include all veterans who died in combat. In 1971 Memorial Day became a Federal holiday and was observed on the last Monday of May (instead of May 30th).

Take time to color this Memorial Day coloring sheet with a child and remember with them the men who died so that Americans might remain free.

Maple Heights Memorial Day Parade 2015

The 78th Memorial Day Parade will take place in Maple Heights on Monday, May 25, 2015. The parade will step off from the Maple Heights High School Staff parking lot on Clement towards Libby at 10:15 AM, turn left on Libby, left on Lee and end at the Veterans Memorial. Then a ceremony will be held to remember those who gave the “last full measure” of devotion.

Maple Heights residents gather for the Memorial Day service.

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