Decoration Day was observed for the first time on May 30, 1868. It was a day to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. It later became Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday in May, to honor the memory of all of our war dead.

Flags are placed at the graves of fallen servicemen and servicewomen. Students today should be aware of the history of our country more than ever in light of the many tragedies that have happened recently.

Our young warriors were tested at a tender age to stand up and protect our country. They succeeded in every way. We can hold our heads high and be proud.

Today, put your hand over your heart, look up to the sky and silently give thanks that you can still sing "The Star Spangled Banner," salute our flag and be thankful for a free nation.