Back in time, Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day, a day when veterans, townspeople and children gathered and marched in parade to local cemeteries to decorate the graves of soldiers with new spring flowers. It began after the Civil War and spread across the nation, eventually becoming a national holiday. It later became a national holiday to honor all U.S. citizens who had died in war. In 1971 Congress designated the day Memorial Day and gave it a fixed date as the last Monday in May.
Saturday, May 23rd, is Cheshire's Annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony. A day we honor the men and women who have died in America's armed forces. It will be held on the Church Green- in front of the Hitchcock-Phillips House, 43 Church Drive- at 10:00 am. The ceremony is sponsored by the Cheshire Veterans Council, which is made up of the American Legion Post 92, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10052, Army Air Force Round Table and AmVets. Cheshire Town Councilman Tim Slocum will greet distingueshed speakers, veterans and guests on behalf of the town, to start the ceremony.
This ceremony is also preparation the Church Green and Veterans Memorial Plaza- in front of the Town Hall- for our Annual Memorial Day Parade, which is held on Sunday, May 25th. The parade stops by the Veterans Memorial Plaza while a brief ceremony is performed and "Taps" is played.
Speakers for this year's Wreath Laying Ceremony include; Cheshire residents Irvin Daubert and Justin Nash, and Jason Burke from Hamden, CT. Mr. Daubert is an Army Air Force World War II veteran who will speak about his B-24 Bomber combat experience, while Mr. Nash, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Captain, will talk about his career as a post-military career advisor to recent veterans. Mr Burke, a retired Navy Captain pilot, with combat experience, with offer thoughts about Memorial Day.
The event will also feature the Cheshire color guards from the veterans, Cheshire Police & Fire Departments, and Boy and Girl Scouts. Following protocol will be the pledge of Allegiance, Rev. John Williams of the Church of the Epichany offering the Invocation & Benediction and the Wreath being laid on the Civil War Monument.
If you have never been to this ceremony before, Please make time to attend this very worthy event. Our military and veterans have sacrificed so much for all of us and the freedom's we enjoy every day. Taking time out for this event is a small token of appreciation to show them how much we truly appreciate all they have done. Last year this ceremony drew about 200 people, wouldn't it be nice if this year we could double or triple that amount.