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Memorial Day Parade

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Memorial Day is the most important event of the year for the American Legion.








Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The original name, Decoration Day, was derived from the practice of placing flowers, ribbons, plaques and other decorations upon the graves of deceased American soldiers of the Civil War.







Decoration Day was officially designated to be observed on May 30 of each year, beginning in 1868, to honor the hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed in the Civil War or who subsequently passed away after the War. Gradually, the name Decoration Day was put aside in favor of Memorial Day, and the solemn holiday became a day of remembrance for fallen American soldiers of all wars.







In 1968, by an act of Congress, the Memorial Day observance was moved from May 30th to a variable date that falls on the last Monday in May of each year.







At Murray Stuart Post 566, Memorial Day observances begin on Sunday morning, the day before Memorial Day. An honor guard from the Post visits the graves of soldiers, where a prayer, fresh flags and markers and a rifle salute is offered.







On Sunday evening, those veteran members of the Post who have died in the preceding year are honored in a ceremony called Post Everlasting. During the ceremony a prayer is offered, taps is sounded and those member’s cards are burned to symbolize that they are moved to the post everlasting.






At noon on Memorial Day there is a ceremony and flag raising at Post 566. Appropriate music is provided by the fine young musicians of the Interboro High School Band. Following the ceremony at the Post, there is a parade from the Post that proceeds up E. Boon Avenue, turning onto Chester Pike and then turning again to end at Glenolden Community Park. A second ceremony is presented at that location, attended by many of the families in the community.







After the parade, members of the community are invited to the Post for refreshments.