The photo above is from a North Bend tribute to those who have served in the Armed Forces

Memorial Day is just around the corner and like many Americans, we at Great Plains Communications are extremely grateful for the sacrifices so many brave men and women make each year to help keep us free.  We also value this day as one set aside each year to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protection of this great nation.

Here’s a little history about Memorial Day:

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and it began in the years following the Civil War, which is still the bloodiest battle ever fought by Americans.  It was called Decoration Day because it was a day set aside to decorate fallen soldiers’ grave sites.  In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day as it was the first to have an annual, community-wide commemoration.

In 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance Act” was passed to officially set a time for a national moment of silence.  At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, all Americans are encouraged to take a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the U.S.

We invite you to join Great Plains Communications and the rest of the country in the moment of silence and we thank all of those who are still serving.


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