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On behalf of the City of Meadville,
Memorial Day Committee I would like to extend a warm welcome
to our veterans and our community in general on Memorial
Day. I invite all of our community to come downtown and
spend some time with our veterans, enjoy our Memorial Day
Parade, and our Memorial Day events, located in Diamond
Park. Please Honor all veterans on this day, treat them
with respect and understanding….. get to know our veterans,
to talk with a veteran. I am sure that you will find the
time you have spent at the City of Meadville, Memorial Day
event to be a unique experience and leave with many
wonderful memories and a desire to come back soon.
To our citizens I want to thank you for
entrusting the City of Meadville, Memorial Day Committee
with leading this event into each consecutive year of our
history. Harnessing the tremendous strengths, talents,
creativity, and diversity of our veterans and citizens, I
know the City of Meadville can realize its full potential as
one of the leading cities of Pennsylvania.
In our ongoing efforts to communicate effectively with
the people of our City, this site will provide you with
information about the City and its events, allowing you to
become involved with our City's many programs and
initiatives. I hope you find our website useful and informative.
Joe Galbo, Chairman
Memorial Day Committee
City of Meadville, Pa.
The Meaning of Memorial Day…..
To many Americans, Memorial Day remains a day of stories.
Stories about heroes. Stories about valor. Stories about
sacrifice. But to a veteran, Memorial Day is about men, women
and friends no longer with us, feelings of emptiness.
It's about heroism, the incredible things the medics did to
keep men and women alive, and about those who gave the
ultimate sacrifice for your freedom and the security of your
To a veteran, Memorial Day is about people;
is about people who gave their all
People who gave of themselves
People who loved their country and their friends more than
It is about those who died, those who suffer from horrific
wounds, and those who have serious psychological
wounds that we cannot see by just looking at them.
It is about people who will never be exactly like they were
before they went to war.
A Brief History of Memorial Day ….
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of
remembrance for those who have died in service to our
country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to
commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by
a proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of
the Republic, an organization of former sailors and
During the first national celebration, General James
Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after
which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of
the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were
buried there. This event was inspired by local observances
of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout
America during the three years following the Civil War. By the late
1800s, many more cities and communities had begun to observe
Memorial Day, and after World War I, it became an occasion
for honoring those who had died in all America’s wars.
Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery
each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is
placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice
President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.
In 1971, Congress declared
Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last
Monday of May. Several southern states, however, have an
additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war
dead: January 19 in Texas; April 26 in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June
3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.