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Newark Police Department CA
Monday May 28th, 2018 :: 06:44 a.m. PDT


Newark Celebrates Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.

Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

Some traditions associated with Memorial Day are:

• The American Flag is raised to the top of the staff and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position until noon, then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
• Decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers. Red poppies are a traditional flower for this occasion.
• Indy 500 auto race has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.
Let us observe this auspicious day by carrying on the traditions of our forefathers. Spend quality time with friends and family remembering those who served and died for our liberties.

Newark Police Department CA
37101 Newark Blvd
Newark, CA 94560

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