Memorial Day

2019 Information

Staff will be on site at Morris Hill Cemetery to assist family members and visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 and again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day).

Meanwhile, a Civil War volunteer group has special tributes planned at two sites on Monday, May 27.  The Idaho Civil War Volunteers will conduct their annual Civil War flag-raising ceremony, eulogy, and gun salute at 12 p.m. in Silent Camp at the Veterans Monument in Morris Hill Cemetery, located at 317 N. Latah.

The ceremony will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. in the Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery (1101 Mountain Cove Rd). The ceremony pays tribute to fallen soldiers and recognizes the significance of Memorial Day.

Visitors to the cemetery are welcome to place flowers, artificial flowers, flags, wreaths, and other appropriate grave decorations. All mementos must be picked up by June 7 for those who wish to recollect them. Please click this link for more information on what is permitted when decorating a grave. 


History

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is the day to remember those who have given their life for our Nation. The tradition began several years after the Civil War ended, when a Union general established an official order proclaiming May 30th as the first observed remembrance.

The South chose not to observe Decoration Day, preferring to honor their dead on different dates. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and all fallen soldiers in all wars were also honored. It wasn't until after World War I that the Nation celebrated the holiday as one. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May. 

 

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