Doylestown Memorial Day Parade: everything you need to know
DOYLESTOWN, PA – The 153rd Annual Memorial Day Parade in Doylestown will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31.
The parade begins at the Central Bucks West High School campus at 375 W. Court St. The route follows West Court Street to Clinton Street, where it changes course to West State Street. At Main Street, the parade turns left onto East Court Street before ending at Doylestown Cemetery at 215 E. Court St.
There will be no parking permitted on West Court Street between Lafayette Street and Clinton Street and on East Court Street between Main Street and East Street. The restriction will take effect at 5 a.m. on Monday and will remain in effect until the parade ends, around 2 p.m.
The county parking garage on Broad and Union streets will be available for free parking from 9 a.m. on Monday until one hour after the parade ends.
The flag raising at the Old Bucks County Courthouse, 55 E. Court St., will take place at 8:15 a.m., courtesy of Vietnam Veterans of America. Another flag raising will be held at War Memorial Field, 375 W. Court St., at 9:00 am, courtesy of the Marine Corps League.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Legion lunch at American Legion station 210, 315 North St., will be reserved for veterans.
Memorial Day History
It was originally called the day of decoration: The memory of veterans who died while serving in the military at the end of May dates back to 1868, when General John A. Logan called for a day of remembrance to honor the lives of the North lost in the Battle of the civil war that had ended a few years earlier, according to History.com. Logan called it “Decorating Day”, known by the name for several years. Over time, more and more people called it Memorial Day, History.com reported, and it became a federal holiday in 1971.
Memorial Day Birthplace: The tradition of Memorial Day celebrations in Waterloo, New York, goes back even further than Logan’s call for a day of remembrance. Waterloo first celebrated on May 5, 1866, as local businesses closed and locals decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags, according to History.com.
“The people of Waterloo are rightly proud of this exceptional event in the history of their community,” New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller said in 1966 when the federal government recognized the upstate village. halfway between Rochester and Syracuse as the ‘Birthplace of Memorial Day. ”
Despite its event being canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus, Waterloo is hosting an annual two-day celebration – with a motor show, Civil War memorial and 5k races – like a snap. eye to the village’s rich link with the history of the festival.
Civil war holiday early: Until World War I, Memorial Day or Decoration Day, as noted above, was intended only to honor those who died fighting for the union during the Civil War, with the southern states honoring their dead to war another day. After 116,000 Americans died in World War I, the holidays took on a new role in remembering all those who died serving in the military.
National moment of remembrance: Each year, there is a national time of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. The noon hour was chosen “because it is the time when many Americans enjoy their freedoms on National Day,” according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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