Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the unofficial 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.
On Memorial Day, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while honoring the men and women who proudly served in defense of freedom.
Across the nation, flags will fly at half-staff until noon to remember the fallen and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice. From noon to sundown, the flag rises to honor those who have served.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. [from Wikipedia]
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PLEASE BE SURE TO THANK A VETERAN TODAY FOR THEIR SERVICE AND FOR THE FREEDOM YOU CONTINUE TO ENJOY!