Since Congress first declared Memorial Day a national holiday in 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday of May each year, but the history of the holiday can be traced all the way back to the Civil War.
President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day in 1966, as the town honored veterans who fought in the Civil War with a ceremony on May 5, 1866, and closed businesses and flew flags at half-staff in observance.
The holiday was modified after WWI, though, for the public to pay tribute to all who have died in all American wars, according to the Website for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Remembering the men and women who have fought for freedom is what Memorial Day is all about, and families across the United States celebrate by paying honoring them.
Here in Bolivar County, many businesses will be closed on Monday in observance of this holiday.
All federal offices will be closed.
Delta State University will be closed.
All branches of the Bolivar County Library System will be closed.
The city halls of Benoit, Beulah, Boyle, Cleveland, Drew, Doddsville, Gunnison, Merigold, Pace, Mound Bayou, Renova, Rosedale, Ruleville, Shaw and Shelby will all be closed, as well as the courthouses in Cleveland and Rosedale.
All banks in Bolivar County will be closed, including Guaranty Bank; Planter’s Bank & Trust Co.; First National Bank of Bolivar County in Cleveland; Regions Bank; Cleveland State Bank, Renasant Bank; Baxter Credit Union; Mississippi Land Bank; McWilliams, Clay in Cleveland; State Bank & Trust Co.; Bank of Bolivar County in Mound Bayou; Jefferson Bank in Rosedale; and the Shelby Federal Credit Union.
However, all schools that are part of the Cleveland School District will be open Monday.
Resourceful Environmental Services Inc. will also be open Monday and trash will picked up.