Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

Those most poignant words, spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, ring as true now as they did when he first uttered them. Memorial Day generally marks the end of the school year, beginning of the summer, and sometimes the chance to sneak away for a three day weekend. What we as a country can never forget is that Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a most solemn and sincere day of remembrance for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Born out of the Civil War, Memorial Day (Decoration Day) was originally observed on May 5th with General James Garfield delivering a speech at Arlington National Cemetery and the 5,000 in attendance decorating the 20,000 graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

In addition to ceremonial events, you may see numerous people wearing a Red Poppy in their lapel for Memorial Day. Over 100 years ago, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael penned her own poem, which reads,

“We cherish too, the Poppy red, that grows on fields were valor led, It seems to signal to the skies, that blood of heroes never dies.”

She not only began wearing them, but sold them to friends and co-workers then donated the money raised to servicemen in need. Just before Memorial Day in 1922, the VFW became the first Veterans’ organization to sell Red Poppies and, in 1948, the US Postal Office honored Ms. Michael by issuing a red, 3 cent stamp with her likeness on it.

In December 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed, asking all Americans to “Voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps,’” at 3pm local time.

Parker will collectively pause to pay tribute to our fallen heroes at the 9th Annual Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance. Ponderosa Valley Funeral Service and the J.S. Parker Cemetery invite you to join them to share and participate in this ceremony to honor our beloved Veterans.

Monday, May 28th, the ceremony will commence at 10:00am with an F-16 Flyover from the Colorado Air National Guard and presentation of the US Flag to Honor Guard by the Harley Owners’ Group, Douglas County, CO Chapter. Our own Parker Chorale will perform a selection of patriotic songs and after the Presentation of Colors and raising of the US Flag, Mayor Mike Waid will commence with the Welcome Address. Following the Mayor’s welcome, an inspirational message will be given by Christopher Petty, Brigadier Gen. (Ret.) A special message from Col. George Brauchler, Colorado Army National Guard, District Attorney 18th Judicial District will be followed by a reading of Veterans’ names. The ceremony will conclude with a 21 Gun Salute, TAPS and the Folding of the Flag.

Take a moment out of your day to recognize the selfless service of these brave men and women and their families. Join your community in the 9th Annual Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance, and remember every day, all year, to thank a Veteran for their service.

Monday, May 28, 2018
J.S. Parker Cemetery
13075 S. Parker Road
Please bring your own chair and umbrella
Inclement weather will cancel event. Call to check at 303-841-2405 or visit

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