Memorial Day 2021 Pennsylvania

Memorial Day 2021 Pennsylvania is entirely an American holiday honoring the women and men who died in service for the United States of America. Memorial Day 2021 is on Monday, May 31. This day of dedication to our military heroes is largely celebrated as a national holiday with parades in small towns to large cities across the United States. These are the women and men who took an Oath to protect our country from all foreign and domestic enemies. They stood up against the enemy in all kinds of situations to protect our free speech and common liberties under the Constitution of the United States.

Memorial Day History

Before Memorial Day, there was Decoration Day encouraged by General John A Logan, leader of Northern Civil War Veterans. Logan called for a day to remember his fallen comrades in the aftermath of the devastating civil war between the North and the South. History notes that the Civil War ended in the spring of 1865. The United States system of national cemeteries was born out of the aftermath of the most deadly war in our history.

The first Decoration Day was held on May 30th, 1868, where General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery before 5,000. Historians note that the memorial participants had decorated the graves of 20,000 Civil War veterans with flowers. By 1890 many northern states had adopted commemorative events for Decoration Day. History notes that Southern states honored the deceased war veterans on separate dates until after World War I.

Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day 2021

Over time Decoration Day evolved into Memorial Day. World War I expanded Memorial Day to include the recognition of all military in subsequent wars- World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United States Congress in 1968 approved the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This Act made the last Monday in May a federal holiday- Memorial Day. One large benefit to the American public is a long weekend to participate in Memorial Day traditions.

Pennsylvania Traditions

Memorial Day parades have been part of the American fabric for a long time in cities and small towns across the United States. These parades included numerous forms of military participation like marching groups and, bands plus floats. In central Pennsylvania, the smaller towns are celebrating with parades- Boiling Springs, Boyerstown, Etters, Gettysburg, Hanover, Linglestown, Liverpool, and Manheim. Numerous areas are celebrating with Memorial Day services. A complete listing is found below under the heading Memorial Day 2021 Pennsylvania.

Memorial Day Ancestry Honor Roll

Our Pennsylvania Memorial Day honors military veterans listed below who served in the Civil War and World War II.

York County, PA

Charles Fake 1840-1917, Civil War Veteran: Private Company C, 166 Regiment PA Volunteer. Place of Burial: Saint Paul Union Cemetery, North Codorus Township, PA.

George W. Fake 1841-1898: Civil War Veteran, Private Company A, 107 Regiment PA Volunteer. Place of Burial: Yorkana Cemetery, Lower Windsor Township, PA.

Lewis Fake 1836-1920, Civil War Veteran, Private, Company C, 166 Regiment of Pa Drafted Militia, Drafted for a 9-month obligation beginning November 8, 1862, ending with discharge on July 28, 1863. (Source: Original Discharge) Place of Burial: Canadochly Cemetery, Lower Windsor Township, PA.

Harold F Fake 1922-1997, Private US Army World War II, Served from March 1943 to October 1943. Place of Burial: Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Lebanon County, PA.

Leroy S Fake 1906-1966, Private US Army, World War II. Served from January 1943 to August 1944. Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Memorial Day 2021 Pennsylvania

Today over the Memorial Day 3 day weekend more individuals are celebrating with more travel, family gatherings, and parties. Last year due to the COVID-19 situation most Memorial Day activities were cancelled due to restrictions placed on crowd sizes. Below are links to Memorial Day 2021 events including parades, ceremonies and art festivals.

Memorial Day 2021: Events, ceremonies in central Pa.Updated May 28, 5:28 AM;

Memorial Day 2021: Parades and other events are back in central Pa. York Daily Record

Memorial Day weekend events in the Susquehanna Valley WGAL NEWS

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Ronald L. Fake

Pennsylvania native from York County. After graduating from Wrightsville High enlisted in U.S. Navy. While in Navy working in the field of Aviation Electronics decided to enroll in college with a focus on urban geography and environmental studies. After graduation in 1968 worked with county and state governments, and private industry on the environmental impacts of transportation projects. After retirement started my ancestry research before computers and today I am writing that history as a blog at