An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Photo Information

A visitor at the Beaufort National Cemetery lays a rose on a veteran’s grave during the annual Memorial Day Ceremony, May 25. Hundreds of veterans, active duty service members, and civilians came to pay their respects to those who laid down their lives in service to the nation.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy

Memorial Day: A day of remembrance

29 May 2015 | Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

 “They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of proud men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hard­ship so that we might know op­portunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom,” said President Barack Obama during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 2009.

Memorial Day holds a sacred spot on the calendar. Every year on the last Monday of May, Americans pause to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our na­tion.

Ever since the start of the Revolutionary War, patriots have served to defend America’s and other nation’s freedom. Memo­rial Day is a day to commemorate their sacrifices.

The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. It was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

“Today, we are blessed to have young men, women, and families here who under­stand the price of freedom, and are willing to place America before themselves,” said Col. Peter D. Buck, the commanding offi­cer of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.