These thoughts were written by James Livingston, Major (USAF Ret). Jim was taken from us in February, 2017, after a brief bout with cancer, and just weeks after unexpectedly losing his beloved wife Connie. May they both rest in peace.
Photos of Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery by don lawrence photography.
A three day weekend filled with BBQ's, fun and the Indy 500. So what is behind our fun filled weekend?
Most people know it has something to do with remembering the people serving or who have served in the military. Some confuse this day with Veterans Day, a day honoring all veterans.
This day was set aside to remember and honor a very select group who have served. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.
By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. (For a brief history go to here).
No one likes war, least of all military personnel. We know what the costs are more than most. Yet we train, prepare, and hope the day never comes. However if or when the time comes, we step up to serve. Some give their life, the ultimate sacrifice, in that service. Those men and women are who we remember today.
Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time. People often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. To see official events around Dayton, scroll down.
So while enjoying the day off, please take at least a moment to remember the true meaning of the day to say thanks to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Celebrate Memorial Day with us at Young's Dairy. You show up, we’ll supply the fun! - Read More
Entertainment, Kid's Fun Run, Senior Citizens Day & Bingo, Memorial Day Parade, & Anything That Floats But A Boat Race, and much more! - Read More
Kings Island is once again honoring the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military. Free admission for Military personnel during Memorial Day weekend. - Read More
Dayton Local is your guide to the best water attractions around Dayton - and Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of the areas outdoor waterparks! - Read More
Come to our Our Annual Patriot Freedom Festival! Join the 10,000 visitors who attend our Festival annually! - Read More
Bring your whole family for the Memorial Day 1-hour long class. We will use colored pencils to draw soldiers, airplanes and ships ... - Read More
Come to Waynesville, Ohio for our annual Main Street Antique Show! We are celebrating 30 years of exceptional antique treasures and fun on the quaint Main Street in Waynesville. - Read More
It's a Memorial Day weekend to remember with an old-fashioned patriotic celebration! - Read More
Honoring those who have made the heroic sacrifice to defend our country's freedom. Note change of location for 2019. - Read More
You’re invited to this life-changing concert experience with the African Children’s Choir! They've sung their stories of love and redemption @ the White House & Buckingham Palace! - Read More
The City of Centerville’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Road. - Read More
Food Truck Rally featuring some of the best up and coming chefs in the area. Family friendly event. - Read More
Scene75 will be open 11am until 9pm with an awesome Memorial Day Super Pass Special offer you won’t want to miss! - Read More
Join the community to celebrate our country’s heroes! - Read More
The City of Beavercreek Parks, Recreation & Culture Department invites everyone to the services at Veterans Memorial Park. - Read More
Memorial Day Parade - 2:00 PM - S. Main Street to Wade Field - Read More