Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day has its roots in Waterloo, New York after the great losses suffered during the Civil War. Businesses closed, and families gathered together to remember those who gave their lives by decorating grave sites of Civil War soldiers. Until after the First World War, the southern states celebrated Decoration Day separately of the northern states. Unfortunately, our nation’s involvement in conflict didn’t end in the 1860s and Decoration Day expanded to remember all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. In 1971, Decoration Day became Memorial Day, and though the name changed, it’s meaning did not.
Today, in reverence, EVC remembers those who fought and died for the United States ensuring each and every American’s ability to purse life, liberty and the happiness.