Memorial Day began as Decoration Day after the Civil War. The following is part of the Memorial Day history on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website:
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day.
The flag photos were taken by me at a local cemetery on Friday, in remembrance of those who died for our freedom.