Memorial Day History and Golf Tournament by COA

Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance in recent years, and the COA would like to take change that in Nassau County

Memorial Day History and Golf Tournament by COAFernandina Beach, FL – The Council on Aging of Nassau Plans Memorial Day Golf Tournament, on Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Ocean Course of Omni Amelia Island Plantation featuring a Field of Honor Patriotic Theme to benefit the services of COA including Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Healthcare, In-Home Services, Transportation, and two Senior Centers.

Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance in recent years, and the Council on Aging of Nassau would like to take some steps to change that here in Nassau County with a golf event ($125.00 includes lunch & awards) which combines the traditional start of summer with a celebration of the honor and memory of those who have given service to our country with a Field of Honor sponsorship opportunity ($100.00 donation).

Plan to join us and play in the golf event and challenge yourself to a beautiful golf adventure on some of the most breathtaking par 4 and 3’s by the Atlantic Ocean. The event is planned around all of our contestants enjoying themselves and taking home a memorable experience on this very private course,which has opened up on this holiday for our players to enjoy for a very reasonable cost. The day will open with registration at 8:00 AM, then range balls until the 10:00 AM shotgun start. Lunch will be delivered at noon. A putting contest will be enjoyed while results of the tournament are tabulated. The awards and raffle will be completed by 4:00 PM; plenty of time will remain in the day to enjoy family time on this special day of rememberance.

More information is available on our website www.coanassau.com.

Memorial Day has its roots in a holiday formerly called Decoration Day, an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War, inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead by deciorating their gravesites with flags and flowers. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action. The current name for this holiday did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that from 1971 to the present, the Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. It still commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

Our Memorial Day Golf Tournament will feature a Field of Honor with special signs dedicated to our patriotic friends and family members, alive or deceased, who have served in the Armed Forces. These signs will be on display at COA for the month leading up to Memorial Day, and displayed prominently at our golf tournament. Your $100.00 Donation will add your sign to our Field of Honor, contact us at (904) 261-0701 ext. 117 or JMcDowell@coanassau.com.

Honor OUR Heroes by supporting YOUR Council on Aging!

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