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BernCo Commission Thanks U.S. Armed Forces and Their Families in Honor of Memorial Day

05/22/2018

At its May 22 meeting, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners recognized Monday, May 28, 2018 as Memorial Day to express everlasting gratitude to those brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces who have died in the service of our country, gave thanks to their families who have also made great sacrifices, and urged all county residents to observe this day and give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy because of their service.

These heroic men and women have sacrificed for their country in all corners of the globe, succumbing to horrific conditions and hostile enemy action in countless conflicts. Survivors of our fallen servicemen and women have also suffered greatly - mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters and friends who must go on without their loved one, striving to heal and find meaning in their tragic loss.

The first Declaration Day, the original name of Memorial Day, was observed in 1868 following the American Civil War, and the heroic men and women we honor on this day have served in all branches of the United States armed and uniformed services.

When an organization of Union veterans The Grand Army of the Republic - began decorating the graves of Union war dead with flowers, their efforts later merged with those of various Confederate and Union traditions to form the modern holiday which honors all Americans who have died while serving their country.

In 1971, Memorial Day became an official Federal Holiday and numerous celebrations and memorials are held throughout the United States and in Bernalillo County to remember our fallen heroes.

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