"Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours" ~ Happy Memorial Day ~
~Wallace Bruce ~
Cessna Hawk SP on display at the Balloon Fest in New Smyrna Beach ~
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.
Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season.
Memorial Day formerly was observed on May 30. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) advocate returning to this fixed date, although the significance of the date is tenuous.
"Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes.
Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders,
but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth."