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U.S. expats in Costa Rica observe Memorial Day

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Published on Monday, May 27, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

The vast majority of U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica know that Memorial Day is observed today.

The Marine Corps League Costa Rica and the American Legion jointly hosted on Sunday a Memorial Day Ceremony at Campo de Esperanza Cemetery in Escazu Canton, San Josť Province, led by Andrew Pucek, Commander of the Marine Corps Warriors League Costa Rica.

Veterans conducted the traditional Scarlet Rose Ceremony with the reading of names of the departed and placed a rose on the Remembrance Stone.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Embassy and Consular Section was closed today, Monday, May 27. The offices will reopen again on Tuesday, May 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy located in Pavas Canton, San Josť,  placed the Peace Garden dedicated to the people who sacrificed their lives in the services of the U.S.A.

The U.S. national holiday commemorating the men and women who died while serving in the military is recognized every last Monday in May.

During this holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials. It is customary for volunteers to place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries.

The first time this federal holiday was commemorated was on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, New York. This site was recognized by the presidential proclamation as the place where the tradition of remembering the fallen in combat and decorating the graves of the deceased was born.

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