Memorial Day is the time to pause and remember the sacrifices of those who have served
After the shock of the Civil War had begun to subside, an observance called Decoration Day was set aside in the nation to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in combat.
It later came to be called Memorial Day, and was widened to include veterans of all wars. Now, it has traditionally become a time to recognize the sacrifice of all service men and women, but especially those who died.
James McCoy, commander of American Legion Post 575, honors veterans every year.
“Our crew goes out to the cemeteries,” he said of flag ceremonies on Memorial Day.