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Flag Flying on Memorial Day?

Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day, was first used to honor Union soldiers who died in the United States Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to commemorate all US men and women who died in military service.

Growing up, I always marched in my small town's Memorial Day parade, flute in hand. Before we left for the parade, we always put up an American flag in front of our home. My grandparents, all of whom had either served or assisted in the war effort during WWII, always did the same.

Do you fly a flag in front of your home at Memorial Day? How else do you remember those who have served the US on this holiday?

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andremott211 andremott211 9 years
We don't have a flag...although we have a flag post. My Grandma says she is going to get us one for next year. We went to the cemetery near our home and visited the military graves. We went to see one in specific, we didn't know him, but he died about 6 months ago. He was really young, just out of college, engaged etc. Very sad. It was obvious his family had visited that day, fresh flowers etc.
Txredd Txredd 9 years
My Husband & I display our flag on our front porch on Memorial Day (displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset) and on Veteran's Day. And we always go to the Cemetery and put flags on my Dad's grave (he served 2 tours in Vietnam) as well as on my Greandfather and Uncle's graves.
emalove emalove 9 years
I live in a townhouse, so I don't have one in the front, but I do have one on my back deck. My father is a Vietnam vet, so it's something that is important to me.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
I don't... but speaking of flags, in the school where I teach, I recently noticedthat there are no flags in the classrooms. How do we say the pledge every morning? They show a picture of a flag on the TV. Very odd... I think I'll put one up next year.
Fatica Fatica 9 years
My mom puts a flag up on Memorial Day weekend and leaves it up through Flag Day and July 4th.
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