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Memorial Day holiday May 31

Updated May 26, 2010

In observance of Memorial Day, no classes will be held and university offices will be closed on Monday, May 31. Memorial Day honors those who have died in service to the country.

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day began in the 19th century as "Decoration Day." Citizens were urged to decorate the graves of soldiers who'd died in the Civil War.

After World War I, Decoration Day expanded to include ceremonies honoring the dead in all of America's wars.

Decoration Day became Memorial Day officially in 1967. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Act established it as one of three holidays (including Veteran's Day and George Washington's birthday, now called President's Day) celebrated on a Monday.

Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May.

Local Memorial Day services

Local military service organizations are planning several events in observance of Memorial Day. Events include:

  • 8:45 a.m., Edora Park Veterans Memorial: The keynote speaker is Major Diggs Brown, Colorado Army National Guard. The event is expected to include a flyover by a fighter unit from the Colorado Air National Guard.
  • 10:30 a.m., Grandview Cemetery, east entrance: The keynote speaker is Col. Joe Cassidy, U.S. Army retired. The event is expected to include a presentation of wreaths.
  • 1:30 p.m., Roselawn Cemetery, north side: The keynote speaker is Tom Bender of the American Legion. Participants include the Fort Collins All Veterans Honor Guard.

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