Memorial Day is the day in the United States when we honor those Americans who gave their lives in military service to our nation and we recognize the military service of all Americans who have since passed away.
The tradition Memorial Day as we know it started after the United States Civil War with the decorating of soldiers graves with flowers. In the northern regions of the United States flowers were generally in bloom by the end of the month of May, which were then placed on the graves of those who served in the military.
St. Louis families are no different and often visit cemeteries in the springtime to put flowers on their relatives’ graves. As a special distinction on Memorial Day it is also customary to decorate the graves of those who served in the military with a United States flag.
So this weekend when we are all enjoying the kick off of the summer season please remember that celebrating Memorial Day has its roots in honoring those who served our country.
Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks
Every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day Monday St. Louis-area Scouts walk the rows of graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and decorate each headstone with a United States flag. The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is it 10am. on Monday, 5/28/18.
Ceremony: Sunday May 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m
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