Memorial Day

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30.  It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation.

Duckett Creek Sanitary District would like to honor our veterans.  Currently about 10% of the workforce at the District are veterans.   Recently some of the District veterans sat down to talk about their military experiences and how certain holidays affect them.   Today the District is honoring veteran Steve Overbey.

Airman 1st Class Steve Overbey

Branch: United States Air Force

Basic Training: Lackland Air Force Base – San Antonio, Texas

Stationed: Charleston Air Force Base

Steve served in the Air Force in the early 1970s.   He says this about Memorial Day.  “Memorial Day is a day to remember military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Remember service members who fell in the course of their duty.”  His thoughts are always on how much military personnel sacrifice in the name of our country.

Steve’s family has a long tradition of military service.  His father served in the National Guard, one uncle served in the Air Force, 2 other uncles served in the Navy and his grandfather was a WWI Army Artillery veteran who fought in the Battel of Argon Forest.

The friendships Steve gained have lasted a lifetime.   One of his fondest memories was watching the C-5A Galaxy landings.  The C-5A has a massive cargo hold.  The cargo compartment is 121ft long, 13.5ft high, and 19ft wide, or just over 31,000 cu ft.

Duckett Creek Sanitary District is proud to have veterans like Steve on staff.


Joe Axetell

Tim Lindsey

Dwayne Thompson

Tom Wittmaier