Memorial Day is a US Federal holdiay where the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
A Tribute to My Father Who Served for Over 20 Years
Second Lt John P. GARDNER Jr
Joined the National Guard in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio in 1938. Joined the Regular US Army in 1940 as a Sgt. He finished college and was promoted to a Second Lt. With orders in hand for the European Arena, he was promoted to First Lt. and off he went to Germany. Luckily he returned home in 1945 safe and sound with an Honorable Discharge. He married and started a family (ME). He then made the decision to re-enlist in 1946 and made it a 20 plus year career. He did serve in the Korean War also. He retired as a Lt Col in 1961. He lived a long and happy life - passing away in 2006 in Roseville, California.
He loved the US Army - the education and training it gave him. He traveled throughout Europe and some of the United States and Korea. He was a great husband but a wonderful father. He is dearly loved and missed.