Flags Placed at Cemetery for Veteransby Les Turner & Tammy Venable on May 17, 2014
With Memorial Day weekend a week away, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8972, Bremen American Legion Post 191, and the Bremen Boy Scout Troop 256 began the process of honoring those who served. Saturday morning, May 17th, over 800 American flags were placed on the graves of military veterans at Bremen Cemetery.
This annual tradition is to honor those having served and to remind us of the sacrifices made to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
May 17th is also Armed Forces Day. Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.
On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day too.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense”, which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job was performed and the role of the military in civilian life.
Bremen Memorial Day Service Times (Monday, May 26, 2014):
10:30 AM - Downtown Memorial Day Parade
10:45 AM - Water Memorial Ceremony - North Center Street at Yellow River
11:00 AM - Memorial Day Remembrance - Bremen Cemetery