Memorial Day Services

American FlagAmerican FlagMONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 VETERANS PARK, CLOQUET, MN


Memorial Day Address by Deacon Terry Twomey, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cloquet, MN.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 3979
American Legion Post #262
Disabled Veterans Chapter #18
American Ex-Prisoners of War
and their Auxiliaries

Listen to the ceremony broadcast over our hometown radio station WKLK - 1230 AM
WKLK Broadcast of this Memorial Day Service is sponsored by:
Handevidt Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Nelson Funeral Care & Cremation Service
Atkins-Northland Funeral Home

American Flags Two American Flags in cemetary American Flag on a cemetary marker

The Cloquet Combined Honor Guard will be honoring veterans at the following locations

Bus Reports to V.F.W. 7:30 a.m.
Highway 210, Sawyer 8:15 a.m.
St. Mary & Joseph, Sawyer 8:30 a.m.
Holy Family Mission 9:00 a.m.
Maple Grove 9:15 a.m.
New Calvary 9:30 a.m.
Hill between old cemeteries, above Pinehurst Park 9:50 a.m.
Apostolic Church, Esko 10:20 a.m.
St. Matthew's, North Cloquet Road 10:45 a.m.
Pine River, North Highway 33 11:05 a.m.
Veterans Park 11:30 a.m.

Memorial Day Name and Date

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:
Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.
Since 1987, Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has introduced a measure to return Memorial Day to its traditional date.
After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress's change of date within a few years. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.
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