Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first observed on May 30, 1868 and its purpose was to decorate the graves with flowers of fallen soldiers who died in defense of their country.
In the 21st century we honor the nations fallens soldiers on the last Monday in May. At Arlington National Cemetary in Washington, DC a small American flag is placed at each grave. Also, the president or vice president will give a speech and a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Enjoy the long weekend and have a safe one!
I have fought a good fight I have finished my course I have kept the faith. -- Timothy 2:4:7
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