Growing up, I would spend one weekend in May putting flowers on graves of relatives, especially those who died in service for our country, for what she called "Decoration Day".
Decoration DayThe tradition of decorating graves in remembrance of fallen soldiers began after the Civil War. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, called for a national day of remembrance for soldiers who died in the Civil War to be observed later in May. He called the day Decoration Day.
“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,”