Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and traditionally celebrated on May 30th. Gradually the date became known as Memorial Day and a time to honor those who died in military service.
Today there are flags on the graves at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery placed by volunteers from the community.
On other days decorations are poignant reminders that those buried here were sons, brothers, husbands, uncles, and increasingly, daughters, sisters, wives and aunts.
There are many different ways grave sites are decorated at the cemetery and this sweet display caugh my eye last fall.
Not everyone buried here died in battle or during their active service but they all served. I drive past this cemetery at least once a week and there's almost always something interesting to see.
The best way to honor their sacrifice is to celebrate Memorial Day while remembering those who made it possible for us to enjoy our freedoms on this day.