Fort Benning to observe Memorial Day with wreath laying ceremony | Events
FORT BENNING, Ga - Fort Benning will mark Memorial Day early with a wreath laying on May 24 at 9 a.m. on the parade field at the National Infantry Museum.
The wreath laying will be conducted in conjunction with the graduation of three basic training companies from the 198th Infantry Brigade. The ceremony is open to the public.
Memorial Day commemorates Soldiers who have died in defense of our country. More than 1 million Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice are buried in cemeteries across the United States, and in foreign lands.
Memorial Day was first observed formally in 1868, following a Columbus, Miss. tradition of cleaning and decorating the graves of Confederate soldiers on Decoration Day.
Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, head of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued an order declaring May 30 as a day to decorate the graves of those lost in war. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
Memorial Day was declared an official federal holiday in 1971.
For more information, call the MCoE Public Affiars Office during duty hours.
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