This day is set aside to pay tribute to America’s military personnel — and their families — who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country
Following a tradition of gratitude, five thousand Los Angeles area residents —- including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops —- made their annual visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery. They were there to pay their respects to military members by placing flags on each of the graves. As each flag was affixed, the soldier whose name was read aloud received a salute.
The annual flag placement day tradition is followed each Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. military. The first interment dates to 1889.
Watch this inspirational news video* to hear what the special tradition means to these young people who are fortunate to have been taught about the sacrifices others have made to ensure their many freedoms.
We invite you to listen to this moving rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.
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.
Arizona’s ABC 15 lists free offers and special discounts for veterans and active military.
* Courtesy Los Angeles ABC 7 News