Memorial Day Recognition


Next week marks Memorial Day, which is the time we take to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The first Memorial Day was proclaimed on May 5, 1868, and observed on May 30, when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a Civil War battle. After World War I, the day was expanded to include the sacrifice of those who had died in the Great War; today, Memorial Day honors all those who have died while serving in the U.S. military.

It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. Many observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, while others may choose this time to make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one who served in the military. Please consider making a gift to support the VetDogs mission of helping those who have served our country honorably by matching them with highly-skilled guide and service dogs to provide increased independence and enhanced mobility. Their service and sacrifice are inspirations to us all.


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