I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at its peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
– Benjamin Harrison
23rd President of the United States
In office 1889-1893
Decoration Day was established in May, 1868 to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers with flowers. Now known as Memorial Day, it’s celebrated on the last Monday in May, and commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. Please remember our fallen servicemen and women this weekend.