Both locations of the Jackson Madison County Library will be closed on Monday May 25th 2009 in observance of Memorial Day.
Some Memorial Day FAQ’s
Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day, is a patriotic holiday in the United States. It is a day to honor Americans who gave their lives for their country. Originally, Memorial Day honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now also honors those who died in any war while serving the United States.
On Memorial Day, people place flowers and flags on the graves of military personnel. Many organizations, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and fraternal groups, march in military parades and take part in special programs. These programs often include the reading of Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” Memorials are often dedicated on this day. Military exercises and special programs are held at Gettysburg National Military Park and at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, to honor those who died at sea, some United States ports organize ceremonies in which miniature ships filled with flowers are set afloat on the water.Since the end of World War I, Memorial Day has also been Poppy Day. Volunteers distribute small, red artificial poppies, and the donations received help disabled veterans. In recent years, the custom has grown in most families to decorate the graves of loved ones on Memorial Day.
Uhler, Sharron G. “Memorial Day.” World Book Online Reference Center. 2009. [JMCL] 20 May 2009