"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. We mourn for them as comrades who have departed, but we feel the glory of their dying and the glory of their achievement covers all our great country, and has set them in an imperishable roll of honor." — President Benjamin Harrison, May 30th, 1891
On this Memorial Day, fly your flags proudly as we remember those brave men and women who served to make and keep our nation free so that we can have flags and three-day weekends and all those things we generally take for granted. Whether they died on the battlefield or behind the lines or years later from the ravages of diseases brought on by war, we should always remember them and thank them for their service. I do.