Memorial Day is more than just the traditional start of summer.
While Veterans Day in November is set aside to remember all of our nation’s men and women in the Armed Forces, Memorial Day is specifically designated to remember those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military.
Originally called Decoration Day, it’s been around since 1868. It’s a time when people visit cemeteries and often mark them with small American flags.
In Hanover, Memorial Day is also marked with the large parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Each year, not only is there the parade, but Kiwanis Club members hand out more than 1,000 U.S. flags to children who come to watch the parade.
This year’s Hanover parade will be held Monday, May 30, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. It will form at 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Street between Chestnut Street and Library Place. The parade will move along Carlisle Street to Mount Olivet Cemetery, where services will be held at the platform near the soldiers’ monument. There will be no parking along the entire parade route. For more information or to be a part of the parade, contact Dan Davies, Chief Marshal, Allied Veterans Council of Hanover at (717) 476-2284.
In Gettysburg, one of the oldest Memorial Day commemorations begins at 2 p.m. on Lefever Street. The 149th Annual Gettysburg Memorial Parade will proceed along Legion Alley to South Stratton Street onto West High Street. At Baltimore Street the parade will turn left and proceed South on Baltimore Street to the entrance to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 3pm at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Call 717-334-1124, ext. 8023 for more information.