Memorial Day was a solemn holiday recognized in the US Virgin Islands as a day of remembrance.
Similar to All Soul’s Day, it was a day to honor those that had passed on, specifically, fallen soldiers who died while serving in the military.
On May 30, 1935, hundreds descended on King’s Wharf to participate in the planned activities.
The Memorial Day Parade
The honorary parade began with Municipal police officers leading, followed by the US Marines, USCG Marion cadets, and scouting troops.
When the procession arrived at King’s Wharf, the band played Nearer My God to Thee, as citizens bowed their heads in silence.
Many were moved when the Girl Scouts threw wreaths into the water to honor those that died at sea.
In the afternoon, families placed flowers on the graves of their loved ones.
Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday originated in the years following the Civil War.
The first commemoration took place in New York in 1868.
It later became an official Federal holiday in 1971.
At the end of the day, a farewell salute to all fallen soldiers was given as the air squadron flew over the harbor in formation as a gallant show of solidarity. ✈️
Click below to hear the song played on that solemn day.
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