Happy Memorial Day!

Gaylen Blosser photo.

GREENVILLE—Happy Memorial Day! May we never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers on May 30, 1868.

After World War I, Memorial Day was changed from honoring Civil War dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

The longest running Memorial Day parade takes place in the town of Ironton, Ohio, where they have had a parade every year since 1868.

Although not the longest running parade, the City of Greenville holds a Memorial Day parade on Broadway St. every year, and also displays American Flags around the circle downtown in memorial of the soldiers who died fighting for freedom.

There are tons of different ways to celebrate the holiday. On each Memorial Day, almost 40 million Americans travel more than 50 miles from their homes for the weekend.

No matter where you are, the ideal meal for the holiday weekend seems to be a BBQ.

Eight hundred-eighteen hot dogs are consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which is 7 billion hot dogs in total.

No matter what you do or who you’re with, enjoy the day with loved ones, and don’t forget to think about those who served and sacrificed.

Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸

“You will never do anything in this world without courage.” – Aristotle