Memorial Day in Washington County will have an early start and continue on through the morning with multiple activities.
Mike York, Commander of the American Legion Post 29 in Washington, said Memorial Day activities are some he looks forward to every year and is hoping for a big crowd to help honor the tradition.
“This is not recognizing our veterans but those who gave their lives for our country that we may continue to live in freedom,” he said.
The day will start at 8 a.m., with the raising of the flag at the post office, followed by a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. at Crooked Creed Bridge. The Memorial Day service will take place in the Washington High School gym at 10:30 a.m., with keynote speaker Gov. Kim Reynolds. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
York said Memorial Day is not a day for politics, but a day for gathering and remembering to give tribute to those who have given their lives for their country. He said by honoring Memorial Day, individuals are choosing to honor the history of the day.
Memorial Day began as Remembrance Day and had a tradition of people putting flowers on the graves of people who died during the Civil War. As time went on, congress eventually renamed the day Memorial Day and declared it a national holiday.
Many traditions will be followed during the ceremony such as having a flag draped coffin at the front of the gym with the honor guard performing the flag folding ceremony, giving a rifle salute and playing taps. York said he residents will come out and learn and appreciate the freedoms we have because of Memorial Day.
“It doesn’t take much time out of their day, first of all, and again, it’s important to remember why we’re able to have these holidays and whatever freedoms we have,” he said.