Memorial Day is a time to commemorate those who have fallen in service to the United States.
The official celebration of these heroes began in the 1860s after the Civil War, when wreaths were laid on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. The practice was fully recognized throughout the existing states by 1890.
So, what is the best way to honor the holiday?
Greenfield will host two events in observance of Memorial Day.
The city of Greenfield's Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Bicentennial Park, 5300 W. Layton Ave., at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27.
The event will include a free flag, lunch and a program in honor of Dorothy Seeley, who founded the United Seniors of Wisconsin.
The other event is slated for 10 a.m. on Monday at Arlington Park Cemetery, 4141 S. 27th St, according to GreenfieldNOW. The event, hosted by the Milwaukee County Council of the American Legion, Fire Fighters Post 426 and Lakeshore Post 474, will include an in-cemetery parade, presentation of the flag and wreath-laying ceremony among other festivities. There will also be patriotic music performances and a bagpiper.
For those who prefer something traditional to honor the fallen, place wreaths or flowers at war memorials or grave sites. Greenfield residents can check with Grandpa Frank's Flower Market or Kathy's 2nd Chance Plants for flowers and wreath options.
You can also grab your folding chair and flag and attend a parade. Milwaukee will honor veterans with its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday.
The parade, in its 148th year, begins at 2 p.m., starting at North 4th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue, where it will proceed east on Wisconsin toward the War Memorial Center and end at Veterans Park.
The parade will include marching units, bands, military vehicles and VIP dignitaries.
As usual, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the War memorial Center immediately following the parade, at about 3:30 p.m.
You can also host a barbecue, attend a local fair or festival, or even partake in a little Memorial Day shopping and take advantage of holiday sales.
And remember, should you decide to hang a flag on Memorial Day, it should never touch the ground and it should be flown at half-mast until noon.