Although originally known as Decoration Day, since 1971 Memorial Day has been celebrated the last Monday of May and honors those who died while serving in the military.
In Gardner, members of the American Legion Post 19 will do a TAPS ceremony with the firing of three volleys at Gardner Cemetery at 8 a.m. and at 8:30 a.m. at St. Columbia Cemetery.
Firing three volleys over a grave originated when warring sides would halt fighting to remove dead from the battlefield, and the firing of three volleys meant the dead had been properly cared for and battle could be resumed.
At 10 a.m. the VFW Post 11234 will have a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park, and flags will be placed on graves May 28.