For over 140 years, beginning after the Civil War, Americans have been decorating the graves of individuals who have died in service of their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, we now know and celebrate this holiday as Memorial Day, and for many it is the unofficial start of summer. Several monuments honoring our service men are located in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood where I live.
At Lakewood Cemetery.
This monument commemorates the members of the Grand Army of the Republic.
The Fraternal Order of the Elk counted many servicemen among it's members.
The Soldier's Memorial is a triptych that honors servicemen . . .
. . . from World War I . . .
. . . the Civil War . . .
. . . and the Spanish American War . . .
At Lake Calhoun.
Lake Calhoun is home to this monument honoring members of
the Marine Corps during World War I.
The bell from the U.S.S. Minneapolis, a navy cruiser that was in service from 1894-1921,
is also located at Lake Calhoun. Two later ships have also carried this name.
Although this day originally remembered and honored those who died in the Civil War, by the twentieth century it came to recognize all Americans who died in military service. As we transition into summer, please take a moment to remember these brave men and women.