Memorial Day events planned for Monday

The history of Memorial Day, a day for honoring all those who died in service to the nation, dates back decades before World War II touched the shores of the Aleutians. It was originally known as “Decoration Day” and officially proclaimed Memorial Day and first observed in May 1868. In 1971, it was recognized by Congress with the National Holiday Act.

On Monday, the public is invited to services honoring all those who died in the line of duty. The events are organized by the American Legion Post 16 of Homer, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10221 of Anchor Point and American Legion Post 18 of Ninilchik. They will be held at:

• Hickerson Memorial Cemetery,
Diamond Ridge Road, Homer, 10 a.m.

• Anchor Point Cemetery, noon;

• Ninilchik Cemetery, 2 p.m.

A barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs will be held at American Legion Post 18 in Ninilchik beginning at 2 p.m.