A look back at Memorial Days past


The Piqua Memorial Day program for 1939.

The Piqua Memorial Day program for 1939.


Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Piqua Korean War veterans ride in the 2000 Piqua Memorial Day parade.


Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Piqua resident Bob Hance enjoys the parade route from a Jeep in 2000.


Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Memorial Day 1920, with the fallen soldiers of World War I still fresh in everyone’s memories.


Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Memorial Day, commonly known as Decoration Day at that time, May, 30, 1899. Drum Major Marion Denman leads the band at the corner of Greene and Downing streets.


Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Riverside Cemetery in Troy is home to a memorial honoring veterans from the Troy area.


Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Piqua firefighter Lee Adams gives the keynote address the 2014 Memorial Day service at the Veteran’s Memorial in Piqua.


Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Members of the United States Marine Corps unveil the World War I Memorial at Highland Cemetery in Covington during Memorial Day ceremonies in 2019


Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

The Covington High School Buccs Marching Band entertains the crowd during the 2019 Covington Memorial Day Parade.


Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Mr. Kornelis Mulder of Troy and a native of the Netherlands gives the keynote address at the Piqua Memorial Day Program at the Piqua Veteran’s Memorial in 2019.


Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Netherlands native Kornelis Mulder, left, thanks Piqua World War II veteran Harry Christy for his service during the 2019 Memorial Day event in Piqua. Mulder and his family were liberated by American servicemen at the end of World War II and eventually immigrated to the united States in 1956.


Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

The origin of Memorial Day can be traced to the end of the U.S. Civil War.

A number of states, both south and north claim to have started the day of remembrance. The first official event, known then as Decoration Day was held May 30, 1868, with President Ulysses S. Grant presiding.

Memorial Day was designated as a federal holiday in 1971.

According to a story published in the Air Force Times in 2016, a National Moment of Remembrance is to occur at 3 p.m. local time each Memorial Day. At that time, Americans are encouraged to be silent for a moment of reflection on the sacrifice and service of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

The Piqua Memorial Day program for 1939.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_Valley1.jpgThe Piqua Memorial Day program for 1939. Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Piqua Korean War veterans ride in the 2000 Piqua Memorial Day parade.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_Valley2.jpgPiqua Korean War veterans ride in the 2000 Piqua Memorial Day parade. Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Piqua resident Bob Hance enjoys the parade route from a Jeep in 2000.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_Valley3.jpgPiqua resident Bob Hance enjoys the parade route from a Jeep in 2000. Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Memorial Day 1920, with the fallen soldiers of World War I still fresh in everyone’s memories.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_Valley4.jpgMemorial Day 1920, with the fallen soldiers of World War I still fresh in everyone’s memories. Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Memorial Day, commonly known as Decoration Day at that time, May, 30, 1899. Drum Major Marion Denman leads the band at the corner of Greene and Downing streets.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_Valley5.jpgMemorial Day, commonly known as Decoration Day at that time, May, 30, 1899. Drum Major Marion Denman leads the band at the corner of Greene and Downing streets. Contributed photo courtesy of the Piqua Public Library History Dept.

Riverside Cemetery in Troy is home to a memorial honoring veterans from the Troy area.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_Valley6.jpgRiverside Cemetery in Troy is home to a memorial honoring veterans from the Troy area. Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Piqua firefighter Lee Adams gives the keynote address the 2014 Memorial Day service at the Veteran’s Memorial in Piqua.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_052614mju_memorialday1.jpgPiqua firefighter Lee Adams gives the keynote address the 2014 Memorial Day service at the Veteran’s Memorial in Piqua. Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Members of the United States Marine Corps unveil the World War I Memorial at Highland Cemetery in Covington during Memorial Day ceremonies in 2019
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_052719mju_covington_memorialday1.jpgMembers of the United States Marine Corps unveil the World War I Memorial at Highland Cemetery in Covington during Memorial Day ceremonies in 2019 Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

The Covington High School Buccs Marching Band entertains the crowd during the 2019 Covington Memorial Day Parade.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_052719mju_covington_memorialday2.jpgThe Covington High School Buccs Marching Band entertains the crowd during the 2019 Covington Memorial Day Parade. Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Mr. Kornelis Mulder of Troy and a native of the Netherlands gives the keynote address at the Piqua Memorial Day Program at the Piqua Veteran’s Memorial in 2019.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_052719mju_piqua_memorialday1.jpgMr. Kornelis Mulder of Troy and a native of the Netherlands gives the keynote address at the Piqua Memorial Day Program at the Piqua Veteran’s Memorial in 2019. Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News

Netherlands native Kornelis Mulder, left, thanks Piqua World War II veteran Harry Christy for his service during the 2019 Memorial Day event in Piqua. Mulder and his family were liberated by American servicemen at the end of World War II and eventually immigrated to the united States in 1956.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/05/web1_052719mju_piqua_memorialday2.jpgNetherlands native Kornelis Mulder, left, thanks Piqua World War II veteran Harry Christy for his service during the 2019 Memorial Day event in Piqua. Mulder and his family were liberated by American servicemen at the end of World War II and eventually immigrated to the united States in 1956. Mike Ullery | file photos Miami Valley Sunday News