Memorial Day is much more than a barbecue or the unofficial start of summer.
In May 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day, a time to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers (the date was chosen to coincide with May flowers). But two years prior, in April 1866, a group of women formally visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in the Battle of Shiloh, where graves were being neglected because they were the bodies of "the enemy" (to this day, several Southern states formally remember Confederate soldiers—some in April, others in May). Following World War I, all American soldiers were honored.
In Boise, traditional Memorial Day ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Visitors are again cautioned to park at the Optimist Youth Sports Complex on Hill Road and take a free shuttle to the cemetery. The ceremony will include a series of wreaths to be laid, music from the Idaho National Guard 25th Army Band and a flyover from the Warhawk Air Museum.
Two different Civil War remembrances are scheduled: at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Monument at Morris Hill Cemetery and another at 3 p.m. at the Fort Boise Military Reserve Ceremony.
Meridian's Memorial Day observances are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.
In McCall, there will be a string of ceremonies performed by the American Legion post. The ceremonies begin at the McCall Cemetery at 9 a.m. and wrap up at the Valley County War Memorial in downtown McCall at noon.
In the Wood River Valley, two ceremonies, each commencing at 11 a.m., will be held in Hailey and Ketchum. Both will feature a flyover by a P-51 Mustang and a Curtiss P-40 fighter plane from the Warhawk Air Museum.