On Monday, the 27th of May we will celebrate Memorial Day. Many of us observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials before we hold our family gatherings, participate in parades or attend community events.
Below are different events happening around Arlington/DFW area to mark this special holiday. There is everything from a memorial service at Mount Olivet to pool parties and bbq’s to charity runs and more.
A Little History
Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
Happening Around Arlington/DFW Area
Mon May 27, 2019, at 05:30 pm Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76111
1650 E Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX
200 N Mesquite St, Arlington, TX