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A fun way to keep the holiday's spirit

It seems that most people use the Memorial Day holiday weekend to travel, work in the yard and just relax.

Unfortunately, the holiday’s real purpose – to honor men and women who died serving our country – is often lost.

The holiday, formerly known as Decoration Day, began after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century, the holiday honored all Americans who died in all wars.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday – that means no mail and banks will be closed – and is observed in the U.S. the last Monday of May. This year it is May 28.

While many of the communities in Lake Country have small ceremonies and parades marking the day, the Village of Merton has an especially full day of events.

The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m. sponsored by the Merton Fire Department and the Village Merton that travels from Fireman’s Park, south on Main Street to Village Hall where a brief Memorial Day program will take place.

Children can ride their decorated bikes in the parade with judging and ad prizes to follow.

After the program, St. John’s United Church of Christ, W29321 Sussex Road, will host a brat fry that also includes hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, beer and soda plus family activities until 1:30 p.m.

It a perfect way to enjoy the holiday with family and honor the nation’s fallen service men and women.

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