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Memorial Day 2015 - Remembering Those Who Served

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This Memorial Day, the Rockefeller Center remembers those who served.

It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President or Vice President to give a speech and lay a wreath on soldiers' graves in the largest national cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. Most towns have local Memorial Day celebrations. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country:

  • Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.
  • Fly the US flag at half-staff until noon.
  • Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.
  • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm local time.
  • Participate or watch a parade. 

Photo by The Defense Media Academy, San Antonio.

The American Legion Post #22 will be hosting a Memorial Day parade in Lebanon, NH on Monday, May 25. The parade will start at 11:00 am in vicinity of “old” Sacred Heart School. The parade will proceed down Route 120 (Hanover Street), pause at the Hanover Street Bridge for a service, continue around Colburn Park, head down Church Street, and enter the School Street Cemetery for a brief service. The parade will continue out of the cemetery onto School Street and the proceed to Colburn Park for a Memorial Day service. For more information, visit

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