Those who came out to remember America’s fallen were treated to patriotic songs by the Devils Lake Elks Community Band, as well as the honoring of Gold Star families.

Those around the Lake Region came out in big numbers to show their gratitude to those lost to war Monday during the annual Memorial Day observance at the Memorial Building and Devils Lake Cemetery.

Memorial Day, was first known as “Decoration Day” for the practice of laying flowers at gravesites shortly after the end of the Civil War, in which an estimated 620,000 were killed.

Waterloo, New York has been recognized as “the birthplace of Memorial Day.” The town began its annual observance in 1866.

Those who came out to remember America’s fallen were treated to patriotic songs by the Devils Lake Elks Community Band, as well as the honoring of Gold Star families.