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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Memorial Day: Remember, Honor and Pay Tribute

Wreathes displayed at the 2011 Memorial Day Courthouse Ceremony.

Each year the Columbia community comes together to take part in Memorial Day activities. Salute to Veterans Parade begins at 9:55 a.m. on Monday, May 30 in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Following the parade, a wreath laying takes place at a courthouse ceremony.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Each year, May brings warm weather, flowers and excitement of summer.  May also brings a somber holiday, Memorial Day.  Many families and friends gather to celebrate the long weekend with festivities, but few know the history of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day began in the 1860's when Americans began decorating the graves of Civil War dead with the flowers prevalent in the Spring.  A seemingly simple gesture, this way of honoring the dead quickly spread to all corners of our nation.

That is why the ritual decorating of graves after the Civil War became so widespread so quickly.  And with each successive generation came more wars.  Hundreds of thousands more young American lives were lost on the battlefields and the concept of Memorial Day became a tradition renewed by each generation’s sacrifice.

Over the years, the role of Memorial Day continues to expand.  In addition to remembering those lost on the battlefield, many Americans take Memorial Day to honor and remember all of those who have served.

In recognition of this holiday, some of our employees have shared photos of their deceased Veteran family member.  Each day until Memorial Day, we will post one tribute photo on our Facebook page.  Let these photos serve as a reminder to us all to cherish the memories of those Veterans who are no longer with us.  This Memorial Day, we ask that you join us and honor those who have served and those who continue to serve our country.


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