Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) began shortly after the Civil War as way to honor those who died in the fighting. Today we celebrate all soldiers who have died in the line of duty.
Tradition holds that the flag be raised fully at dawn and then immediately lowered to half mast to honor the fallen. At noon local time, the flag should then be raised to remind the living to make their sacrifices worthwhile.
In 2012 Memorial Day is generally considered the first holiday of summer. As you’re enjoying the barbecues and camp-outs, take a moment to remember the sacrifices made over the past two and a half centuries by members of the military trying to keep the U.S. safe.
On the subject of memorials:
“[Joshua] said to them, “’Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.’”