All City of Ridgefield offices are closed on Monday, May 28, in honor of Memorial Day. Offices will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday, May 29. Of course, police officers are on duty and prepared to respond in response to a 911 call.
Thank you to the American Legion for lining downtown City streets and the roundabouts with U.S. flags.
Memorial Day is federal holiday in the United States honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all US military veterans.
Memorial Day originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. The Civil War, which ended in 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. In 1868, Decoration Day was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War. Then, during World War I, the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00PM local time.