Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 24, 2014

Holiday to honor lives lost; officials urge safety when observing day on roads, water

JACKSONVILLE — For many, Memorial Day is known as a day off from work or the first chance to celebrate summer, but that is not its original intention.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday put in place to honor all men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers lost in battle.

However, as people observe the holiday, there are several factors that play into their celebration.

The main factor is safety. Officials urge those celebrating Memorial Day at area lakes and swimming areas to be cautious. Drinking alcohol while on or in the water is also a safety hazard. Make sure there is a designated driver with the group, if alcohol is served.

According to the AAA, more than 3 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. AAA Texas also supports the law enforcement “Click It or Ticket” expanded-enforcement seat belt campaign that began Monday and runs through June 1.


Memorial Day ceremony planned

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at noon Monday, May 26, at Hazel Tilton Park in Jacksonville, near the Jacksonville Fire Department.

The service is to honor all the men and women who fought

for the country’s freedom, coordinators said.

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