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Monday, May 20, 2019
Memorial Day 2019
Memorial Day 2019MD
Memorial Day is fast approaching, and our community has begun preparations for celebrations honoring the lives lost during times of war. Each national holiday has a history, and it is essential to understand that history to preserve its purpose.

Memorial Day used to be known as “Decoration Day.” In 1866, one year after the Civil War ended, communities would join together to decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers. Each community designated their day of remembrance. After World War 1, Decoration Day became Memorial Day to include fallen soldiers in every American War.

In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. U.S. Congress also established a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. (local time) for all Americans to pause in an act of national unity for one minute.

On Memorial Day, as you pay tribute to the many lives lost during battle, please join us for a moment of silence at 3 p.m.

In observance of Memorial Day, Columbus Water Works’ offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019. Emergency Crews will be available, if you have a leak or other water-related emergency, please call 706-649-3400.

For more information regarding Memorial Day, visit http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history.

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