- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - Officials from Fort Jackson and the Veterans Administration are holding a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia.

The public is also invited to attend Monday’s service, which begins at 9 a.m., and honors those who have served and died in service for their nation.

The ceremony includes a 21-gun salute and a wreath presentation. Fort Jackson commander Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker is delivering the keynote address.

Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. However, the day was not accepted nationwide until after World War I when it was adapted to honor all who died fighting in all the nation’s conflicts, not just the Civil War.

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