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Memorial Day events set

Staff report

Memorial Day is observed in the U.S. in commemoration of those members of the armed forces killed in war.

Formerly observed May 30, it is now It is officially observed on the last Monday in May. It is also called Decoration Day, and is celebrated by the placing of flowers and flag on graves.

According to answers.com, Decoration Day, began in 1868 when members of the Grand Army of the Republic at the request of commander, Gen. John A. Logan, decorated the graves of their fallen compatriots.

It has since become the day on which the United States honors the dead of all its wars and is observed as a legal holiday in most states.

National services are held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va.

Today

4:30 p.m., placing of American flags on graves of veterans at Lone Mountain Cemetery. Volunteers needed. Call 315-7328 (Jim).

Saturday

Noon, Celebration of Heroes Parade down C Street, Virginia City. Call 847-0311.

Monday

10:30 a.m., Marine Corps League Silver State Detachment Memorial Day Service, at Stewart Indian Cemetery, Clear Creek Avenue. Call 790-0260.

Noon, Marine Corps League Silver State Detachment Memorial Day Service, at Lone Mountain Cemetery. Call 790-0260.

1 p.m., Memorial Day Service by US Army National Guard, Honor Guard of the American Legion Post 56, at Lone Mountain Cemetery. (no phone)

2:30 p.m., Wreath Laying at GAR Statue, at Lone Mountain Cemetery, by General William Passmore Carlin Camp 25 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Grand Army of the Republic. Call 972-7420.

1-5 p.m., Gem Ventures, Inc. annual free Memorial Day BBQ, at Gem Ventures (old Wal-Mart), 4209 S. Carson St. Call 530-0946.




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