this year’s parade will be held on
Monday, May 31, 2021
Join the Parade!
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Please join us for the annual Memorial Day celebration.
All active and retired military personnel are welcome to march!
Monday, May 31st at 9:45 AM
(Rain or Shine)
A brief Memorial Ceremony will immediately follow the parade
at the corner of Runnymede and South Wayne Avenues.
The Countdown is on!
2021 parade details
a brief history of memorial day
Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those who have died in service of the United States of America It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
It is now observed in every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363).
Photos courtesy of Pete Bannan / Main Line Suburban Life