Memorial Day Special: Flags for Fallen Vets
May 27 is a special day for our country. It is the day when we remember the courage and values of all the men and women who risked and lost their lives for the country. We commemorate their great sacrifices to fight for our independence.
Memorial Day is observed yearly on the last Monday of May. It is a U.S. federal holiday. All federal offices, schools, and libraries are closed on this day.
The Memorial Day always falls on a Monday which is why it is preceded by a Memorial Day weekend. The weekend is somewhat an unofficial summer kick-off when people go on picnics and outdoor activities.
It was previously called Decoration Day. And it was started on May 1966 in Waterloo, New York.
On May 30, 1968, the first official observance of Memorial Day was held in Arlington National Cemetery. Flowers were placed on the tombs of fallen soldiers.
In 1971, the National Holiday Act of 1971 declared the last Monday of May to be the official observance of Memorial Day.
The National Moment of Remembrance is always observed at 3 pm local time since 2001.
Flags for Fallen Vets
Memorial Day is for commemorating those who laid their lives for the country. Veterans Day is for honoring all those who served the country.
Flags for Fallen Vets is a non-profit organization which aims to place U.S. flags on the tombs of our fallen veterans in time for Memorial Day. It is our special way of commemorating the lives of men and women in the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
FFV was established on May 14, 2012. Its mission is to ensure that a U.S. flag is placed in every veteran gravesite in national cemeteries in time for Memorial Day.
FFV collects donations throughout the year from various individuals, volunteers, and groups to be able to raise funds for the purchase of the flags. The flags are placed on the tombs a day before Memorial Day. There are 10 locations for the flag placement ceremonies, such as Houston, DFW, Sara Sota, Florida, Black Hills, South Florida, Hot Springs, Fort Meade, Fort Logan, and Cape Canaveral.
Since 2012, there are about 1.1 Million flags placed on veterans tombs. FFV aims to remind and educate future generations to always honor the lives of the fallen soldiers and make sure that their sacrifices were never forgotten.
We at Balch Logistics give back to the community by continuously supporting the mission of FFV. Our company’s President/CEO Sue Balch is the Executive Vice President of Flags for Fallen Vets.
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