The last Monday of May is a day of honor for all Americans who have served our country. The Civil War caused the most deaths in any US battle, as a result the first National Cemeteries were formed. A tradition blossomed in a dark time, people across the nation began holding tributes for fallen soldiers, as well as those who died from the aftermath of battle. Originally known as Decoration Day, Americans honored the brave men and women who sacrificed themselves for freedom. Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday in 1971, and has since been a long weekend signifying the beginning of summer, reminding us to be thankful.
Pastor Jim Biswell presided over the Memorial Service held in Plevna, thanking everyone who served or is currently serving. A crowd of about 30 gathered in the Community Union Cemetery in honor of all American troops. After a brief history on the holiday, Pastor Biswell delved into firsthand accounts of troops shipping off into battle for service. He spoke of the woman who created the song “God Bless America”, and recited it. Taps was played every night during World War II, and Pastor Biswell stated some of the lyrics. Following this, the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance as well as the Lord’s Prayer. The service ended with the Honor Guard and Firing Squad, along with the playing of taps.