Meadville Tribune

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May 25, 2013

Parade highlight of local Memorial Day observances

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MEADVILLE —

Did You Know?

Originally known as Decoration Day because the nation’s Civil War dead were honored by having their graves decorated, Memorial Day was first widely observed on May 30, 1868. It came about from a proclamation by Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers who served in the Civil War.

In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

Bike Parade unit forming

Meadville’s Memorial Day parade will include a bicycle parade unit this year. All ages may participate and persons are asked to decorate their bicycles, tricycles and other self-propelled wheeled vehicles, including motorized wheelchairs, patriotically. Ribbons will be awarded for participation and best patriotically decorated in 11 categories. Parade line up starts at 9:30 a.m. at Water and Willow streets.

- More information: Call Wayne Hanson at 587-3418.

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