Here in Omaha, we have our own National Cemetery now, purchased in 2012 by the Department of Veterans Affairs and dedicated on September 27th, 2016.
Located at 14250 Schram Road, Omaha, NE 68138. Their phone number is 402-253-3949.
This year we may not have the parades and the large picnics planned, but we can still honor this special day as Americans.
Illustration of the planned Omaha National Cemetery.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” – James A. Garfield May 30, 1868 Arlington National CemeteryThis event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years after the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday. After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of America’s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.