Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May. This day is in honor and remembrance of all men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones that have passed away.

Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country.  Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

Memorial Day is known to mark the beginning of summer.


In the Alexandria area there are many town parades and ceremonies.  One symbol of recognition is taking place at Bethany on the Lake. Thanks to the amazing Maintenance Team for setting out flags in the rain. The Memorial Hill tribute is on display now through Flag Day, Friday – June 14.

Another annual Memorial Day tradition is the Memorial Day Parade through downtown Alexandria.  Here is video of that parade (BELOW).

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