The energy and excitement of a traditional patriotic celebration will be present at the Fairfield Bay Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. May 26 at the Fairfield Bay City Center. The celebration is an official function of the City of Fairfield Bay but is organized and implemented by American Legion Post 333 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4513.
Memorial Day began in simple fashion as women in the southern states began to visit their local cemeteries each spring as the flowers began to bloom. They would decorate the graves of the fallen from the various wars, especially the Civil War. In time, the practice spread throughout the states.
Known for years as “Decoration Day,” the term “Memorial Day” began to be used following WWI and more so following WWII. Although Memorial Day had no specific date when it was held, over time it was observed on May 30 based on a Presidential and Congressional Proclamation.
In 1967, Congress recognized it as a federal holiday and the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved Memorial Day to the last Monday of May in order to create a convenient three-day holiday weekend.
Fairfield Bay’s Memorial Day celebration is a traditional celebration, meaning that the flag is moved to half staff at 6 a.m. The preliminary music will begin at 11 a.m. as people arrive for the ceremony. At 11:30, the actual ceremony begins, ending with the raising of the flag to full staff promptly at noon just as the ceremony on the grounds of the national capitol will do.
The VFW Auxiliary District 6 Color Guard, the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, Boy Scout Troop, and The Combined Legion/VFW Honor Guard will all participate in the ceremony. The color and pageantry of the ceremony ensures a memorable experience for young and old alike.
Seating will be provided for veterans and family members as space allows. All other spectators should bring folding chairs. Following the ceremony, there will be the annual community picnic with hot dogs by the Kirk of the Hills Mens Club, courtesy of American Legion Post 333.