2018 Memorial Day Ceremony
June 1, 2018
On May 28th, 2018, Masatoshi Sato, Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, and Mrs. Sato as well as staff members from the Consular Office attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery. They brought a memorial wreath to honor the men and women who served the country, shown in the pictures above. They also laid a wreath at the Japanese memorial, to honor Japanese soldiers who died in service on Attu Island. Several Japanese residents in Anchorage joined the staff members of the Consular Office in honoring the fallen soldiers.
The Memorial Day Presidential Proclamation and the Memorial Day State of Alaska Proclamation were announced at the ceremony. A few words from Senator Dan Sullivan were also presented.
Memorial Day is a US holiday to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. It is celebrated on the last Monday of May every year. Versions of the holiday have existed since the Civil War in the United States. It was first officially celebrated in 1868 and was called Decoration Day. It was not officially called Memorial Day until 1967 and was not officially made a federal holiday until 1971.