Media Mayor Bob McMahon announced the borough will hold a Memorial Day Parade and short program on Monday, May 30. McMahon said this was the first time in many years the national holiday would be observed on the actual day. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed, setting Memorial Day as the last Monday in May.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
McMahon noted the distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the latter acknowledging service rather than the ultimate sacrifice of dying during the call of duty. The borough is one of several dozen county municipalities to hold a Memorial Day event, and McMahon encouraged citizens to participate in more than one if possible.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on State Street and proceed to the Courthouse for a short ceremony. Making brief addresses will be McMahon; Media resident and Director of the Veterans Legacy Project, Bob Dimond; and County Councilman Mario Civera—all three are veterans. Musical tributes will be presented by two young singers and, as is custom, the students in the Penncrest Marching Band will be participating.