The American Legion Post 500 will conduct memorial services for “all veterans of the great wars” on May 28th (Memorial Day) at 11:00 A.M. at Laurel Grove South Cemetery. The cemetery is located off Ogeechee Road at East 37th and Kollock Street.
The public is cordially invited to attend.
Memorial Day, the back drop for the American Post 500, is a holiday honored by the federal government and is celebrated the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I Originally declared Decoration Day, the holiday was invented after the American Civil War to remember and honor the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day expanded as a day to remember all the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
On Monday May 28, 2012 Savannah will holds the Memorial Day parade to remember its fallen soldiers.