Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. After the Civil War it was a day to honor those who died in the conflict. More than 5,000 attended the first observance at Arlington National Cemetery where 20,000 graves were decorated with flowers for both Union and Confederate soldiers.
The name changed as did observances over the years. Across America parades and celebrations sprang up to show gratitude. A special flag etiquette was developed. On Memorial Day, the flag flies at half-staff until noon to commemorate those who gave their lives serving our great country. Then, it is raised to full-staff to honor their memory raised by the living, who resolve to not let their sacrifice be in vain. It is raised to honor the continued fight for liberty and justice for all.