Memorial Day

The US flag flies at half-mast above the symbolic grave of fallen soldiers at the Arlington West Memorial on <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES00000166" title="Memorial Day" href="/topic/arts-culture/holidays/memorial-day-EVFES00000166.topic">Memorial Day</a> in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100102388000" title="Santa Monica" href="/topic/us/california/los-angeles-county/santa-monica-PLGEO100100102388000.topic">Santa Monica</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100100000000" title="California" href="/topic/us/california-PLGEO100100100000000.topic">California</a> on Monday. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

( MARK RALSTON, AFP/Getty Images / May 30, 2011 )

The US flag flies at half-mast above the symbolic grave of fallen soldiers at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on Monday. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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