A day to thank our veterans and their families, who have given so much to protect our many freedoms
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day.
We invite you to listen to this haunting rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.
The following event takes place yearly at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where over 80,000 Veterans — including 10,000 from the Civil War — are buried.
Several thousand Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Scout leaders and parent volunteers assemble for the annual Memorial Day Weekend placement of flags at the grave of every veteran. Each scout reads the name of the veteran aloud, places an American flag in the ground, observes a brief moment of silence….and salutes each fallen patriot. Within a hour, the entire cemetery is decorated with thousands of American flags. Most importantly, the lesson of gratitude these young scouts learn will stay with them throughout their lives.
Freedom isn’t free.