Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day, May 25, 2015

In observance of Memorial Day, the Kolwyck Library will be closed May 23 - 25. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

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In observance of Memorial Day, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

Locally in Chattanooga,  the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a two-hour car caravan tour on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. to explore the stories of some of the soldiers that were killed in the fighting at Chickamauga. The caravan will leave from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. This program will focus on the lives and untimely deaths of soldiers caught up in the terrible bloodletting at Chickamauga. Participants will also explore how the country continues to feel the impact of that generation's loss.  Visitors are encouraged to bring along a bottle of water and a folding chair.

History of Memorial Day (from the Veterans Administration)

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