Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Originally observed on May 30th, it is now observed on the final Monday in the month of May. This year that day is May 26th.
Dating back to the late 1950’s, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American Flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery on the Thursday before Memorial Day. These soldiers then patrol the grounds 24 hours a day over the long weekend to insure that each flag stays firmly in place. For more than 200 years the American Flag has been a symbol of our nation’s strength and unity and a source of pride and inspiration.
To honor our fallen heroes, consider displaying a flag proudly at your place of residence. If you do not have a flag, please stop in at the E. 48th Street Market and we will gladly give you one to display at your home.
God Bless Our Troops.