Honor Memorial Day


Has our remembrance forgotten?

Fredericksburg National Cemetery Memorial Day ...

Fredericksburg National Cemetery Memorial Day Luminaria (Photo credit: andrew.deci)

Since the late 50’s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. To ensure that each flag remains standing, the Infantry then patrols 24 hours a day during the weekend. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. In 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years. The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. will be on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

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