A Day for Remembrance

Today we celebrate Memorial Day, a day to celebrate and remember those who lost their lives in battle, fighting for our freedoms.

The first official Memorial Day was held in 1868 as “Decoration Day”, when the graves of soldiers were strewn with flowers.

While most Americans use the three-day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, but President Trump has asked that flags be flown at half-staff until noon to remember the fallen, and to honor the 100-year anniversary of World War I.

"Memorial Day is our nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free. It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our nation," he writes. "On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights."