Begun as Decoration Day following the Civil War as a day to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers, Union and Confederate holiday traditions were later merged to become Memorial Day in the 20th century. Celebrated on May 30th for years, the celebration of Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May in 1971, though some veteran groups continue to lobby for the return to the traditional May 30th date.
Set aside as a day to honor the men and women who died while serving our country, Memorial Day is marked by solemn ceremonies, flag raisings, parades and laying flowers on veteran gravesites. Locally, our community has three active veteran organizations, each of which will be holding a Memorial Day ceremony at 11am Monday, May 30th. The public is welcome to attend all of them.
Veteran’s Club of America
The Veterans Club of America (VCA) will be observing the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th at 11am. Ceremonies will include a bugler, bagpipes and the VCA Honor Guard. Iona-McGregor Fire Department will be in attendance. Speeches by VCA Commander George Rook, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Eagle Scout Jacob Peters, Troop 714. Following the ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be provided by Mission BBQ. This event is open to the public and families are welcome. Please take a moment from your day to join us in reflection of the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation. 16701 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers. 239-466-3177
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 10097 of the VFW will hold a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 30th at 11am. Honor guard and speakers will participate and Eternal Wreaths will be donating memorials, inscribed with the names of crew members lost in the crash of a B-26 in the Gulf in 1942. Family members of the B-26 crew will be attending. All are welcome. 17770 Pine Ridge, Fort Myers Beach. 239-466-6400
Post 274 of the American Legion will celebrate Memorial Day at 11am on Monday, May 30th. They will also present, “Tribute to an American Hero” on May 28 from 1-4:30pm featuring Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Kyle, brother of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was featured in the film, American Sniper.” 899 Buttonwood, Fort Myers Beach 239-463-6591