Ocala’s Memorial Day celebration is filled with music, barbeques and special events. Of course, the actual reason for this day is somber. We remember and honor the heroes who served in our armed forces and gave their lives to defend our country.
The celebration saw its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War. In 1865, shortly after the South surrendered, a group of emancipated slaves in Charleston, South Carolina celebrated. They also chose to honor those who fought valiantly and gave their lives in the war to end slavery in our nation. This was a time to be grateful and a time to mourn. So many died in our war against ourselves, that for the first time our country began to build national cemeteries.
By the end of the 1860s, the celebration honoring those who fought and died had spread. Many communities throughout our nation joined in what was to become a national tradition.
Ocala’s Memorial Day Celebration – A National Holiday Is Born
The mid 1960s arrived almost 100 years after emancipated slaves first conceived of the celebration. Then in 1966, for a reason that is not entirely clear, the town of Waterloo, New York, was recognized as the birthplace of Memorial Day. A few more years passed, and in 1971 Congress recognized Memorial Day as a national holiday. It was to be celebrated annually on the last Monday in May.
Today many think of Memorial Day as the day of transition from Winter to Spring. We spend this day with family and friends, enjoying the freedoms that so many fought and died for. These brave souls heroically fought for our country in domestic and foreign wars, wars caused by internal strife and threats from far away tyrants. Therefore, at 3:00pm each Memorial Day we all stand for a minute of silence. We do so to remember these brave men and women and to honor their sacrifices.
Below are three articles about fun ways to spend Ocala’s Memorial Day. We wish you a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend. Additionally, we hope that you will join us for the traditional minute of silence. Let’s remember why we celebrate our freedom on this day and thank those who made it possible.
The Red, White & Blues Farm will be presenting its First Annual Peach Festival this coming Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. The event will take place at 3250 N.E. 140th Ave. in Williston. The festival … Continue reading
Memorial Day Weekend Car Show happening at Highland Memorial Park: The park is located at 1515 NE 3rd Street in Ocala and the show opens on Sat May 28th, 2022 at 10:00 am. Learn more at HAPPENINGNEXT.COM.
Memorial Day Golf Tournament – A Festival of Flags
Memorial Day Flag Tournament Hosted By Country Club of Ocala: The tournament starts on Monday, 30 May 2022 at Country Club of Ocala. Register, buy tickets or obtain price information online. ALLEVENTS.IN.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
Ocala is embarking on a great adventure that will carry us through decades of economic growth. That will make this a great place to invest in real estate for many years to come. For the bounty before us we must thank God and remember the heroes who sacrificed everything to defend our nation.
Andrew Kruglanski, MBA, ABD, Broker