Originally decreed as Decoration Day in 1868, today is Memorial Day in the United States. Today is the day when our country remembers the men and women who gave their lives to establish and defend this nation. This is our Remembrance Day.
In preparation for this weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer here, cemeteries put "flags in;" each veteran's resting place was marked with a small, new American flag. On Boston Common, 37,252 American flags represent every fallen native son or daughter of the Commonwealth. Cities and towns around the country do the same for theirs.
May we always remember their sacrifice.