27 May 2013

Memorial Day

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forced. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

4 comments:

  1. It's good to be reminded of the TRUE meaning of the day.

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  2. Thank you Joan, for remembering to honor Veterans this Memorial Day...

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  3. Fine post, Joan. I am of two minds about the policy requiring that American flags must be burned when they become torn. I agree with the idea of showing the flag respect by keeping it in good repair, but -- as we see here -- even a torn and worn flag can serve us poignantly.

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