Memorial Day Service

by Josh Ault

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America held a special Memorial Day service at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse today.

Today was a day to remember the soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Nacogdoches Mayor, Roger Van Horn, said in the ceremony, "Time can not diminish what we owe, when they were called, they made the decision that ultimately cost them their lives."  Several hundred gathered at the Veterans Plaza to remember those who died.

Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, and the current war on terrorism were present.  The families of the fallen also paid their respect.

During the ceremony, it was announced that a new Vietnam Memorial will be built in Nacogdoches to honor the soldiers that died from the area.  The completion of that memorial will be in September.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who paved the way, so we can have the freedoms we have today.

In the program today it gave the history of Memorial Day:

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in his General Order No. 11.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  New York was the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day.  Congress passed the National Holiday Act in 1971 celebrating the day on the last Monday in May.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering those who died in service to this great nation.