Oxford Memorial Day
Remembrance Walk and Ceremony
May 30th 10 am
With guidance from the American Legion and input from our Purple Heart Award recipient, we are pivoting the event this year to include a Remembrance Walk and Ceremony. One aspect that was discussed was the desire to educate the community about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This year, we will honor all fallen heroes with a silent Remembrance Walk to the Oxford Cemetery, where the American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
On May 30th, 2022 groups can meet at Oxford Memorial Park at 9:30 am at the Oxford Memorial before walking silently up Pine Street and entering the Oxford Cemetery from the back entrance. This walk is interactive, allowing bystanders and guests to join us as we continue to the cemetery for the ceremony conducted by the American Legion.
So as Oxford honors and remembers, please take part and “Walk With Us”.
Any Veteran interested in participating by riding in a vehicle or a group interested in joining in our walk, please reach out to Christine Grove, Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce at OxfordChamber@zoominternet.net
The community may also meet us directly at the cemetery.
What Memorial Day Means to Me?
We asked community members what Memorial Day means to them.
It is with honor and privilege to have served this great nation. My service to this country nearly cost me my life. Instead, I merely sacrificed a leg. And none of it matters on this day because I did not pay the ultimate sacrifice. I got to come home when thousands of my fellow warriors and comrades before me did not. Today is their day. Today we remember the servicemembers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the red, white, and blue.
This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.
For my most influential High School teachers emphatically rehearsing, and helping me to understand the importance of General John Logan’s Order #11… then delivering it respectfully.
In polishing my spats and trumpet, honored to play TAPS after the ceremonies benediction, yet to this day, flinching at the sound of the Honor Guard firing those .30 caliber rifles…knowing it was coming, because you have watched your entire life.
Memories of so many Veteran friends our Oxford community has lost throughout the years, our true Hometown Heroes. May we diligently continue to honor them, remind our younger generations, and never forget what they did for us!
In 1991 as a senior at OAHS, Scott read Logan’s Order #11 at the Oxford Memorial Day event.
I’m incredibly grateful for the men and women who served and gave their lives so we may live in freedom. Their bravery is unimaginable. I think too of their grieving families and loved ones who have been left behind. For me, Memorial Day is a solemn time of remembrance.
Lance Corporal Jeffrey A. Sanders, United States Marine Corps, Purple Heart Recipient