Memorial Day in the City of MurrietaInsured by Carver
We will honor and pay tribute to those who serviced and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this nation.When: Monday, May 29, 2017 8:00 a.m. Where: Town Square Park Murrieta, CA 92562 Memorial Day, for many of us, is a day off work in which we invite our friends and have a delicious cook out. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day where all Americans take a moment and remember the men and women who have given their lives for the freedom of the U.S. The Murrieta Community Services Department will host a solemn ceremony on Monday in order to honor the service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice and perished as they defended this country in the line of duty. Please contact the Community Services Department at (951) 304-PARK (7275) with any of your questions. Memorial Day Trivia
- The Grand Army of the Republic was created by the Union Army to honor their fallen soldiers. After WWI, their duties were taken by the American Legion.
- John McCrae's 1915 poem In Flanders Fields started the tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day.
- In 2000, Congress passed a law that requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3:00 p.m. to honor those who died serving in the United States. It was President Clinton who signed this law.
- Memorial Day became an official Federal holiday in 1971. Prior to this, it was known as Decoration Day and the name was legally changed to Memorial Day in 1967.
- The deadliest war through which Americans suffered was not World War I nor was it World War II, it was the Civil War. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died (including both the Union and the Confederates).