Honoring The Fallen
MAY 24, 2013 -- Memorial Day is frequently described as marking the "unofficial start of summer" -- an extended weekend during which swimming pools open, children celebrate the end of another school year, and family and friends gather for picnics.
But officially Memorial Day is a day of remembrance to honor those who perished while serving the nation. Its origins can be traced to May 30, 1868, when on what was called "Decoration Day," the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were adorned with flowers at Arlington National Cemetery.
To honor those who have died serving the country, Jackson County will, throughout the entire holiday weekend, adorn the grounds at the courthouses in both Kansas City and Independence with American flags.
"While this weekend offers us the opportunity to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, we must also take time to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our nation's freedom," said County Executive Mike Sanders.
The flags were raised at the courthouses on the morning of Friday, May 24.