Celebration on square to be held Memorial Day

Friday, May 23, 2014

From Staff Reports

Memorial Day is more than just a day off work, or an extra day to get together with friends and family members.

It is a federal holiday, dedicated to remembering all the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

In Lewisburg, American Legion Commander Paul Rector confirmed that the American Legion will be holding their annual Memorial Day event on the east side of the courthouse square, starting at 11 a.m. The principal speaker will be local attorney and distinguished veteran Drew Davidson. The wreaths at the war memorial will be ceremoniously changed. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Dixie Theatre.

The large monument at the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn is for the men of Marshall County who gave their lives for their country in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. To the north of it, beyond the steps, is a separate stone for participants in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Next it is the monument for fallen members of law enforcement, which was moved from its former location when renovations were done on the west side of the courthouse. And finally, in the northeast corner is the largest monument, with the most names on it, the one for men from Marshall County who fell while serving in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

Memorial Day is celebrated the fourth Monday in May, and traditionally marks the beginning of the summer vacation season, which lasts until Labor Day, the first Monday of September.

Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day, which is always celebrated on Nov. 11, the day World War I ended. Veterans Day honors everyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.