The history of Memorial Day


Memorial Day is an American holiday. It honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The first holiday was May 30, 1868. It honored the 620,000 men who died in the Civil War. In 1968, Memorial Day was established as the last Monday in May. Honor is bestowed on the over 1.3 million service members who have given their lives.




“A day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will have to die for us again.” — President Ronald Reagan


A moment of silence, a prayer, decorated graves, parades … Americans unite to pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.


The Field of Flags

Our community has established an impressive Memorial Day tradition – The Field of Flags. It was started by The Exchange Club of Mooresville-Lake Norman. This civic organization focuses on Americanism, Youth, and Community Service. The National Exchange Club project is the prevention of child abuse.


In 2016 — the first display

400 American flags were placed on the lawn of Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville, NC honoring service members. Each year the event grows. The 2020 The Field of Flags, presented by BestCo, hopes to sell 600 flags. Each flag placed in precise order, row by row, with a tag. That tag represents a dream, a life, a person. The field offers a time to share memories. It offers a place for healing, closure, and a moment of peace.




2020 Field of Flags rescheduled to July

Like many events, plans had to be altered due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s executive orders. In these unprecedented times, the gratitude of our community is far reaching. The Exchange Club canceled the Memorial Day event and rescheduled it to July 1st – July 5th.

The event commemorates the fallen and active service members who have served our country. Partnerships with local businesses and organizations demonstrate our patriotism. Our community takes pride in the United States of America, the soldiers who have fought, and continue to fight, for our freedoms. American-made flags are available for purchase by individuals and businesses. All flags will be proudly displayed on the front lawn of the Lowe’s YMCA.


July 5th’s closing ceremony

On July 5th, the majestic display will close with a ceremony (pending Governors’ orders). This will include a bag pipe rendition of Amazing Grace, each branch’s service song, and attendance of local dignitaries. The names and branches of service for whom each flag represents are recited. This brings a deeply personal sentiment of respect to the Field of Flags experience.


On Memorial Day — a brief ceremony

To honor Memorial Day, The Exchange Club will host a brief ceremony at the “Veteran’s Promenade” within the newly renovated Liberty Park. A wreath will be laid near the Veterans Memorial, a work of art honoring our town’s veterans. Live stream will be available.

You are encouraged to purchase a flag in honor of or in memory of someone special. Over the 4th of July, pause, remember, and walk the rows of flags. Reflect, listen to, and share a story in honor of sacrifice and service to our country.



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