This weekend is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States. Memorial day is a federal (meaning is celebrated across the nation) holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.
The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It is also the "un-official" start of summer (the real start is not until June 21st).
It's so, because is usually the days when the temperatures start to really change, especially here in New England. It's also the beginning of grilling season, and the holiday is usually celebrated with barbecues and family gatherings.
Many people, especially those who have lost someone on any of the wars that the United States have participated, visit the cemeteries in order to honor their love ones. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in nation cemeteries.
As a citizen of this great nation that has accepted me and that has giving me the opportunity to progress and support my family; I will like to honor with simple words, to all those who have fallen defending the civil rights of this country...
Thou wilt not leave us in the dust: Thou madest man, he knows not why, He thinks he was not made to die; And thou hast made him: thou art just.
Thou seemest human and divine, The highest, holiest manhood, thou. Our wills are ours, we know not how; Our wills are ours, to make them thine.
Our little systems have their day; They have their day and cease to be: They are but broken lights of thee, And thou, O Lord, art more than they.
We have but faith: we cannot know; For knowledge is of things we see And yet we trust it comes from thee, A beam in darkness: let it grow.
--Lord Alfred Tennyson