American Legion Post 157 in Henderson will host a solemn commemorative ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Henderson City Hall, to honor all military veterans who willingly made the Supreme Sacrifice to safeguard the United States of America. The public is encouraged to attend the approximately one-hour ceremony.
This commemoration presents the staggering number of American war dead buried in overseas military cemeteries around the world.
A wreath dedicated to the honor and glory of the 65 Chester Countians known to have given their lives in service to our country since World War I will be placed at the war memorials on the grounds of the Chester County Courthouse immediately following the commemorative ceremony.
Memorial Day ceremonies began soon after the American Civil War, and the commemoration was called Decoration Day until 1971. The ceremonies grew to encompass all our nation’s wars and to honor the 3,036,685 men and women known to have given their lives or were wounded during these conflicts and to also recognize the 590, 687 POWs and the 81,800 service members still listed as Missing in Action (MIA).