Memorial Day has a long history that began after the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, the day was meant to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. It is now a federal holiday designated to remember all Americans who have died in service and many extend that beyond, decorating graves of loved ones who are no longer with us.
I visited the grave of my favorite veteran, my dad:
As always, the sea of headstones at Fort Snelling National Cemetery was a moving sight and a reminder that many loved ones have been lost over the years:
The world seemed decorated in honor of the day:
Flowers were everywhere you looked:
Down to the dandelions:
And the birds in the trees: