Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is the day to remember those who have given their life in our nation services. The tradition began several years after the Civil War ended, when a union general established an official order proclaiming May 30th as the first observed remembrance.
The south chose not to observe Decoration Day, preferring to honor their dead on different dates. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and all fallen soldiers in all wars were also honored. It wasn't until after World War I that the nation celebrated the holiday as one. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.
Morris Hill Cemetery celebrates the Memorial Day tradition by remaining open during the holiday weekend, remembering those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise. It is the time of the year when many families choose to visit the cemetery in substantial numbers.
Visitors to the cemetery are welcome to place flowers, artificial flowers, flags, wreaths, and other appropriate grave decorations. No glass containers or ceramic decorations are allowed. If you plan to retrieve your mementos, please do so by the following Monday of the observed holiday. The cemetery staff will begin removing all holiday decorations beginning one week after the observed holiday.
On Memorial Day at Morris Hill Cemetery, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will put little flags on every grave in the Fields of Honors and Silent Camp. The American Legion will raise American flags around the Mausoleum.
Please join us to remember those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise, this Memorial Day.