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Monday, May 31, 2010
Memorial Day

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May each year. In 2010, this day falls on Monday, May 31.

The day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while serving their country. The day was first enacted in local municipalities to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded and gradually began to be observed nationwide following World War I. The day would not be observed consistently nationwide until more than a century later in 1967, when it was enacted as a federal holiday.
In observence of Memorial Day, citizens should:
  • Fly the US flag at half-staff until noon. (For US flags displayed on a short staff or for indoor flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff, tie a black bow above the full-staffed US flag.)
  • Fly the POW/MIA flag as well.
  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • Visit memorials and take part in services sponsored by veterans.
  • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm. Take a few moments to reflect on the true meaning of the day and be mindful of the sacrifices of others in defense of our nation.
  • Make a pledge to aid those families affected by our fallen heroes, and to aid disabled veterans.
The correct procedure for displaying the flag at half-staff is to raise the flag to the top of the pole briskly, pause for a moment, and then slowly bring it down to where the top of the flag is at a position approximately halfway between the top and bottom of the pole. At noon, the flag should be raised quickly to the top of the flag pole. At the end of the day, the flag should be lowered slowly and ceremoniously for the day.

More information at Wikipedia
Some information also courtesy Flag Manufacturers Association of America

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