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
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
in a Memorial Day celebration. He always puts a wreath of flowers
on the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery in
This tomb is where an unidentified veteran from each war is
to commemorate all the veterans who have died with honor and have not
is played on a bugle.
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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