In the old days, people would spend more time in cemeteries. For some families, stopping by the cemeteries after services on some Sundays was a tradition. They would reminisce about their departed family members. They would also make sure there were no weeds pushing up around the grave stone.
It was a way of honoring their loved ones.
Many communities would get together to make sure their local cemetery was maintained. People would even have a picnic in the cemetery. I am sure they imagined their loved ones were watching over them.
The era after the Civil War saw Americans building monuments to fallen soldiers both within cemeteries and in town squares. Americans felt the need to have a special day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war.
In the 20th century, the day of remembering included all who have died in all wars for our nation.
But it wasn’t until 1971 that Congress made Memorial Day a national holiday. It is always the last Monday in May.
Why did the red poppy become a symbol associated with Memorial Day (and Veterans’ Day)? This flower spreads seeds over a field, but the seeds do not grow until the earth has been disturbed. After battles, the poppies would grow, showing the places of conflict.
While many people use Memorial Day as a day to also thank the living who have served the nation, Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. It is always appropriate to acknowledge the service of citizens in the military, but Veterans Day is the day set aside to formally thank all of those who have served.
Elkton is having a Memorial Day Parade on Monday at 10 a.m. Local American Legions and VFWs will be having special events this weekend.
Whatever you do this holiday weekend, take a few moments to remember those who gave all for our great nation.
County Budget Deliberation & Vote Is Coming
This week, more than two dozen people let the Cecil County Council know what they think about the proposed FY19 budget.
The people were divided into two camps – those who want specific parts of the budget funded and those who would be happy if most things were not funded.
For several weeks, the County Council has reviewed the County Executive’s proposed budget in a series of workshops that brought in various departments for presentations and questioning.
Next week, the County Council will hold a session to deliberate what, if any, cuts should be made in the budget. They are set to vote on a budget on June 5. During the public meeting this week, some people reminded three of the Council members about how they voted against the budget last year. That meant the Council made no cuts in the budget as proposed by the County Executive. Let’s hope that after weeks of deliberations, they actually approve a budget this year.