In honor of Memorial Day 2013, we would like to share an image of Governor Ronald Reagan observing a moment of silence, at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California, c. 1975. From our records of the Eleventh Naval District (RG 181).
Today America remembers those who have served and fallen. Who are you remembering?
Observing Memorial Day at the National Archives at Riverside
Memorial day is a way for each American to pause and think about the sacrifice soldiers and military families make for the common good. This holiday began as a tribute to fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War, and we now observe memorial day as a way to remember all of the men and women that have served with with the U.S. Armed Forces.
To mark this day, the National Archives at Riverside has decided to post some of our favorite images of military men and women serving at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation during World War II. These photos show some of the early forms of diversity that we now take for granted in our armed services, such as African American soldiers and women in service (the Women’s Army Corps, or WACs).