Every year, people across the country celebrate Memorial Day with parades, picnics, fireworks, and time spent with friends and family. These traditions stretch back centuries, as Americans in various towns and cities began holding springtime tributes for fallen soldiers. This nationwide day of remembrance, originally dubbed Decoration Day, became more commonly known as Memorial Day after World War II and received that name officially in 1967. It’s a holiday steeped in somber American history and traditions we hold dear decades later.
At Greenlawn Funeral Home, Memorial week is a cherished time, and we cannot overstate the importance of paying tribute to the countless individuals who have given their lives, in turn, to protect the lives of others within the United States. For many years in late May, we have welcomed guests to Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. This year, we are pleased to invite you to join us for the following events:
Tuesday, May 25 through Monday, May 31 – Cemetery Office Open
Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 31 – Concessions Sells & Lawn Games
Monday, May 31 – Disputing Flags & Complimentary Pineapple Whip
In addition, plants and artificial flower arrangements will be available for purchase, and our Greenlawn Flower Truck, a 1966 Volkswagen, will be on hand for photos. All proceeds from concession sales will be donated to Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. As a continuation of another beloved tradition, we will also offer free monument cleanings for families.
It is a source of pride to host so many on Memorial Day – and countless others all year long as they say farewell to their military loved ones. Serving the end-of-life needs of veterans and their families is something we’ve done for generations. These arrangements include funerals with full military honors, the playing of Taps, and a special flag presentation ceremony to the family. If you have questions regarding veterans’ services, please contact us anytime.