Memorial Day is always special. It actually became a federal holiday back in 1971. However, the holiday is actually a century older than that.

Its roots date back to the years immediately following the Civil War when it was called Decoration Day. And while Memorial Day, for many, marks the official start of the summer season, its meaning is much deeper than that.  Its the day many Americans honor the fallen by visiting cemeteries, war memorials and other special services, ceremonies and events.

There's one such event planned here in Owensboro.

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This year, there's going to be an incredibly impactful and memorable event here in Owensboro.  The Annual Memorial Day Walk for the Fallen will take place at 9am at the Shelton Memorial in downtown Owensboro.

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The event will kick off with a special ceremony at the Shelton Memorial.  Immediately following that ceremony, a large American flag will be walked down Veterans Boulevard.

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Following the carrying of the flag, the Annual Memorial Day Walk for the Fallen will begin.  According to Jared Spurrier, who has helped organize and promote the event and will also be participating, "We will then step off for an 11 mile walk/ruck.  At the  halfway point will have drinks and snacks. Come join us to honor and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

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By the way, the Annual Memorial Day Walk for the Fallen is open to the public. While veterans are encouraged to attend, the general public is as well.

If you'd like to submit the name of someone you've lost in service, you can submit that name to veteransempoweredtogether@gmail.com.

 

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