Every year we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May in honor of our nation's fallen soldiers. The holiday's roots go to the 1870s as a day to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, cemeteries throughout the nation are abuzz with activity to honor not only fallen soldiers but also others have passed away by honoring them with flowers.
Memorial Day is observed by federal, state and local governments. As such, all government agencies will be closed and there will be no home delivery by the United States Postal Service. The lobbies of the Rochester and Rochester Hills post offices will remain open for those with post office boxes and to purchase stamps from the vending machines.
In Rochester Hills, like most Michigan communities, there will be no garbage collection. All trash pickup will be delayed by one day meaning that those regularly having trash picked up on Monday will see it happen on Tuesday and those having trash picked up on Fridays will be delayed until Saturday.
Memorial Day is also the official kickoff of summer and there are no reported retail or restaurant closings for the day.
Rochester and Rochester Hills in books
- “Rochester and Rochester Hills”, part of the “Images of America” series.
- “Rochester, Michigan Photographs”. Coffee table book with great pictures of Rochester.
- “Earth Eyes, Rochester Hills, Michigan”: surprising stories and hidden secrets.
- “A Pitch in Time”, the story of baseball in Rochester written by Robert Lytle, owner of Lytle Pharmacy.
- “Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons mostly from people in the Detroit area.