Memorial Day is a time to be thankful. 

It's a time to remember the fallen men and women of the U.S. military. Memorial Day, once known as the Decoration Day, was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It is one of the most important federal holidays that also marks the beginning of summer.

Every year, at Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park, the Utah Department of Veteran's Affairs conducts a Memorial Day Program that honors those who fought to defend our homeland.

Some additions were made to the service this year. Military activities were included prior to the formal service held in the chapel. The Patriot Guard Riders will be forming a flag line leading to the chapel, the Salt Lake Scots bagpipers will be playing in the courtyard and the ceremony will feature a silent rifle drill team from Northridge Jr. ROTC.

After the formal service and the "Wreath of Honor," 65th Fires Brigade will provide Honors to the Nation (21 Gun Salute) using their cannons. 

It is one day that we get together to reflect and honor those who sacrificed their lives, so we can enjoy ours.

Memorial Day Program 
Monday, May 28, 10 a.m. 
Utah State Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale