In Times Past: We remember their sacrifice

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, emerged after the Civil War so that “the memory of the brave deeds and noble sacrifices of our deceased soldiers be kept fresh in the minds of the people.” Some states annually held ceremonies on May 30. It was not until 1971 when the observance became a national holiday and moved to the last Monday of May. This column examines the courage and dedication of 12 local residents who served their country between the Civil War and Iraq.They are just a sample of locals who gave their lives while serving in the nation’s armed services.