(Seguin) -- Monday, the nation will reflect on the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces. Here locally, veteran groups will be setting out to observe the Memorial Day Holiday and are inviting the public over.
The first ceremony on Monday will be hosted by the Seguin Manuel Castilla Chapter of the American GI Forum. The event is set for 9 a.m. at the park located at the corner of North Guadalupe and Martindale Streets.
Following the observance will be a second event scheduled at 11 a.m. at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park located on State Highway 46 just between Seguin and New Braunfels.
The event is being held in partnership with the American Legion Post 245 and its auxiliary plus all other veteran groups that help make up the Guadalupe County Veterans Council.
Nathan Pfeil, assistant office and marketing manager at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, says he encourages all families to come out and join them for a morning of remembrance.
"The sheriff's posse will present flags around our flag pole and I myself am hosting this year as emcee. We will have several speakers and dignitaries from both New Braunfels and Seguin to come to honor all our vets that we have residing here at Guadalupe Valley and all those who are alive as well. It's a very big turnout. We have over 200 people each year. After the service is done, we serve hot dogs and hamburgers to everybody who would like to stay and eat with us out in the back pavilion," said Pfeil.
In addition to the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse, the event will welcome the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Naval Jr. ROTC and the Junior Marine Corps.
According to officials -- what we now know as Memorial Day started as a way to honor those who fought and died in the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was first officially established by General John Logan in 1868.
In 1882, the name Memorial Day was first used and the name gradually grew on people. Dozens of cities and towns actually claim to be the birthplace of the holiday, but President Lyndon Johnson officially declared that it originated in Waterloo, New York. The holiday is celebrated on the last Monday of May and typically marks the unofficial start of summer.