Remembering The Brave: Memorial Day 2011
First established in 1868 by a civil war veteran in remembrance of his fallen comrades, Memorial Day is now a nationally celebrated holiday. Join us in the BMCC Library as we thank those who paid the ultimate price for American freedom. Click here to learn more.
Join us in honoring those Oregonians who gave the last full measure while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and the War in Iraq. Read the roll at Oregon's Most Honorable.
Memorial Day, now officially declared each year by the President of the United States, began as "Decoration Day" to honor those soldiers who fell during the American Civil War (1861-65). As America aged and her armed forces continued to serve, the holiday became Memorial Day as all war dead were honored. Read the history from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.
- Flags at half-mast: "On Memorial Day the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes." (From the U.S. Deparment of Veterans' Affairs.) Read more here.
- Poppies: Canadian poet and military surgeon John McCrae honored the dead of the World War I Battles in Flanders with his poem "In Flanders Fields," and the red flowers he wrote of have become an emblem of remembrance. Click here to read the poem and learn more about poppies on Memorial Day.
- At Arlington National Cemetary, a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns.