May 31
This day was set aside by Congress in 1971 to remember veterans who have died. It really began shortly after the Civil War and was called Decoration Day but every state celebrated it on a different day.  On this day living veterans participate in a program where they put an American flag on every veteran's grave in every cemetery.

Families also remember their deceased love ones by decorating their graves with flowers.

As a child I remember going to all my grandparents and great grandparents graves
and how proud I was to see the American flag waving next to my grandfathers' graves.
We would take Iris, Peonies and Snow Ball Bush flowers.
It was a quiet and reflective day where mother would  tell us about our heritage.
Now it has become more commercial and people buy artificial flowers to put on graves.

The president of the United States also participates in a Memorial Day celebration.  He always puts a wreath of flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.  This tomb is where an unidentified veteran from each war is placed  to commemorate all the veterans who have died with honor and have not been identified.


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Branches of the US Military

Air force- They protect us in aircraft, (Planes, helicopters)

Army - soldiers- They fight on land.

Coast Guard- They protect the coast (shoreline) around the United States.

Marines- They fight where they are needed.

Navy- sailors- They mainly use ships and submarines.

National Guard-They help during natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and are on call at all times when our nation needs them.

Reserves- They are people who are part time soldiers and can be called to fight at a minutes notice.

They hold other jobs too.



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War Memorials



Korean War


"Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain.
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am the morning hush.
I am the graceful rush
of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the star shine of the night.
I am the flowers that bloom.
I am in a quiet room.
I am the birds that sing.
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."
...Mary Frye, Baltimore MD, Circa 1933

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