The Memorial Day Parade started at Sylvan Way and Littleton Road, continued up Littleton Road until Rita Drive, where the Master of Ceremonies, Joseph Weisberg announced each participant. Memorial Day is not all sunshine, car clearance sales, department store sales, vacationing at the shore or hot dogs — it’s a day for remembrance. It was originally called Decoration Day.
To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.
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