Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Wikipedia
Some see it as a day of gatherings and barbecues. It is so much more than that. For the families of those who have died while serving in the U.S. military it is a poignant day of remembrance and tribute.
In many U.S. National Cemeteries, small American flags are placed next to the headstone of the Veterans on Memorial Day.
Lest not forget the men and women who gave their lives for our country. I thank each and every one of them.